Apr
28
Wed
Tradition on The Screen: Divergent Images of Jewish Traditional Life in Film
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please register here.

This course involves screening popular American and Israeli movies in order to study a complex
and profound issue in Jewish life today. This issue is the fundamental tension between the lives
and attitudes of modern Jews, and the lives and attitudes of traditional religious Jews (also
sometimes referred to as hareidim, ultra-orthodox, or hassidim). Designed as the first of two
courses (each may be taken separately), this course focuses on films that offer starkly different
depictions of traditional Jewish life. In particular, these films will help us attend to deep conflicts
over issues such as individual self-expression, family, the value of communal life, and the
experience of romance and love. Students will screen the films on their own before class;
important clips will be shown in class. Carefully chosen academic readings, and short stories will
be provided each week, both for background on that week’s film, and to enhance the experience
of viewing it.

Dates: 5 Wednesdays, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Cost: $165, generous financial aid is availableFor more information, contact Marilyn Stern at meah@hebrewcollege.edu
Instructor:  Dr. Jacob Meskin

Sponsored by Hebrew College and hosted by Congregation Eitz Chayim, Tremont Street
Shul, and Kahal B’raira, Cambridge

May
2
Sun
Sunday School
May 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Adult Service & Gathering: Racial Justice in the Jewish Community
May 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

9:00 – Sunday School
Adult Programming
10:30 – Schmooze & Announcements
11:00 – Service
11:30-12:45 – Racial Justice in the Jewish Community and Beyond, with April Baskin
30-40 minute talk, followed by a 30-45 minute Q and A

Kahal B’raira is thrilled to welcome April N. Baskin, one of the leading voices of Jews of Color. Ms. Baskin will share her thoughtful vision of a path forward on issues of contemporary racial justice in the Jewish community and beyond. A question and answer session will follow her presentation. Come prepared to share reflections and questions in what is sure to be a dynamic and memorable talk and discussion.

For Zoom link, please RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org.

May
5
Wed
Tradition on The Screen: Divergent Images of Jewish Traditional Life in Film
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please register here.

This course involves screening popular American and Israeli movies in order to study a complex
and profound issue in Jewish life today. This issue is the fundamental tension between the lives
and attitudes of modern Jews, and the lives and attitudes of traditional religious Jews (also
sometimes referred to as hareidim, ultra-orthodox, or hassidim). Designed as the first of two
courses (each may be taken separately), this course focuses on films that offer starkly different
depictions of traditional Jewish life. In particular, these films will help us attend to deep conflicts
over issues such as individual self-expression, family, the value of communal life, and the
experience of romance and love. Students will screen the films on their own before class;
important clips will be shown in class. Carefully chosen academic readings, and short stories will
be provided each week, both for background on that week’s film, and to enhance the experience
of viewing it.

Dates: 5 Wednesdays, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Cost: $165, generous financial aid is availableFor more information, contact Marilyn Stern at meah@hebrewcollege.edu
Instructor:  Dr. Jacob Meskin

Sponsored by Hebrew College and hosted by Congregation Eitz Chayim, Tremont Street
Shul, and Kahal B’raira, Cambridge

May
11
Tue
Executive Committee Meeting
May 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Executive Committee is Kahal B’raira’s leadership and coordinating body.  It includes the president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, members-at-large, Sunday school chair and representative to the Society for Humanistic Judaism.  Meetings are open to all KB members.  RSVP for  Zoom link to info@kahalbraira.org

May
16
Sun
Sunday School
May 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Adult Gathering and Service (KB celebrates Shavuot)
May 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

Adult Gathering and Service & Sunday School (KB celebrates Shavuot)

May
20
Thu
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

KB members are invited to join our book group where we will learn together through reading, self-reflection, and discussion. We will read both non-fiction and fiction (current and historical fiction) and will also share online resources with each other that will support our learning and current experiences. This is a peer-supported group and not led by an expert on the subject. We are on a learning journey and hope you will join us.

In order to accommodate as many people as possible, the group will meet twice per month. You’re welcome to attend one or both of these meetings.

For the Zoom link, please email info@kahalbraira.org.

Tentative Schedule
October – initial meeting – discussion / introduction initial self-reflection
November – So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
December – Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
January – The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
February – Movies: 13th and Selma
March – The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
April – The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein [no relation]
May – Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, by Eddie S Glaude, Jr.
June, July, and August – Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson

May
21
Fri
Family-friendly Shabbat Service
May 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Children, Parents and People of all ages, come and welcome Shabbat! Our Music Director, Zach Mayer and Youth Coordinator, Frances Lasday, will lead us in songs, humanistic blessings, candle lighting, and maybe even a game about Shabbat!
To join in, gather candles, candle sticks and matches to light the candles. Challah and grape juice would be great too.
RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org for Zoom link and a copy of humanistic blessings.
May
24
Mon
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
May 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

KB members are invited to join our book group where we will learn together through reading, self-reflection, and discussion. We will read both non-fiction and fiction (current and historical fiction) and will also share online resources with each other that will support our learning and current experiences. This is a peer-supported group and not led by an expert on the subject. We are on a learning journey and hope you will join us.

In order to accommodate as many people as possible, the group will meet twice per month. You’re welcome to attend one or both of these meetings.

For the Zoom link, please email info@kahalbraira.org.

Tentative Schedule
October – initial meeting – discussion / introduction initial self-reflection
November – So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
December – Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
January – The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
February – Movies: 13th and Selma
March – The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
April – The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein [no relation]
May – Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, by Eddie S Glaude, Jr.
June, July, and August – Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson