Feb
27
Sat
Purim Havdalah
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In lieu of our Purim carnival, Join Zach and Lidia for a musical, Purim themed havdalah service! We’ll make masks to celebrate the silliness of Purim, and Zach will tell the Purim story. To participate, please have these supplies ready:

Mask Making: Mask template cut from cardboard or paper plates, scissors, glue or tape, string, decorative materials, such as tin foil, feathers, makers, pompoms, etc.

Havdalah: wine or grape juice, fragrant spices, havdalah candle. If you don’t have a havdalah candle, you can use two Chanukah or Shabbat candles attached with a rubber band.

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

Feb
28
Sun
Adult Gathering and Service (KB celebrates Purim)
Feb 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

10:30 – Schmooze & Announcements
11:00 – Service
11:30-12:45 – The Extraordinary Voyages of the Yiddish Jules Verne, with Sebastian Schulman

Whether it was on the Lower East Side of New York or in the shtetlekh of Eastern Europe, Yiddish speakers were voracious readers of Jules Verne (1828-1905), the 19th century’s most celebrated author of science fiction. With stories of adventure that crossed borders and investigated new technologies, these books had a direct appeal for Yiddish readers who faced the challenges of industrialization and mass immigration. This presentation will explore how Verne’s Yiddish translators reshaped the writer to fit the norms of Jewish readership, while at the same time using Verne to advance a message of modernization, science, and empire to their supposedly backward and superstitious readers. This lecture will reveal the creation of a distinctly Yiddish “Zhul Vern,” a member of the Jewish literary pantheon who was related to, but somehow very different from his Parisian namesake.

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

Mar
9
Tue
Executive Committee Meeting
Mar 9 @ 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

Mar
12
Fri
Shabbat Celebration – Jewish Diversity in Community
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Kahal B’raira and Rabbi Adam Chalom to celebrate Shabbat together!
Register here: https://iishj.org/rediscovering_jewish_diversity/

Jewish Diversity in Community
What ties together Jews with roots in Russia, Syria, Azerbaijan and Ethiopia? How can we create one Jewish community, even a self-defined Secular Humanistic Jewish congregation, from the wide range of Jewish experiences, attachments, cultures and beliefs? Perhaps what might drive us apart can also bring us together.

Rabbi Adam Chalom has served as Dean-North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism since 2007. He is also the Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago. Rabbi Chalom has spoken at several national and international conferences; edited and contributed to several volumes on Judaism, Humanism and their intersection; and provided weekend learning opportunities with Kahal Braira most recently in 2015. You can read more about his work at https://hjrabbi.wordpress.com/about/curriculum-vitae/.

Mar
13
Sat
Rediscovering Jewish Diversity – Session 1
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The real Jewish experience is more diverse than we ever imagined. How can the histories of diverse Jewish communities transform the Jewish present? Join Kahal B’raira and Rabbi Adam Chalom to learn and to grow!
Register here: https://iishj.org/rediscovering_jewish_diversity/

Learning Session #1, 9:00am-11:00am EST
Cost: $9

What are the Jews? – Is being Jewish a nationality, or a race, or a culture, or a people, or a religion, or something else? The answer to this question will impact how we understand what diverse Jewish communities have in common, and why they differ.

Alexandria, Egypt – What can the experiences of Jews living 2000 years ago with Greeks and Egyptians, and balancing between traditional religion and Hellenistic culture, teach us about Jewish life in the 21st Century?

Rabbi Adam Chalom has served as Dean-North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism since 2007. He is also the Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago. Rabbi Chalom has spoken at several national and international conferences; edited and contributed to several volumes on Judaism, Humanism and their intersection; and provided weekend learning opportunities with Kahal Braira most recently in 2015. You can read more about his work at https://hjrabbi.wordpress.com/about/curriculum-vitae/.

 

Rediscovering Jewish Diversity – Session 2
Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The real Jewish experience is more diverse than we ever imagined. How can the histories of diverse Jewish communities transform the Jewish present? Join Kahal B’raira and Rabbi Adam Chalom to learn and to grow!
Register here: https://iishj.org/rediscovering_jewish_diversity/

Learning Session #2, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST
Cost: $9

Baghdad, Iraq – Does the 2,500 history of Jews and Arabs in what became the capital city of medieval Muslim empires give us hope or despair for future prospects of tolerance and peace?

Salonika, Greece – The medieval Jewish refugees from Spanish Inquisition and expulsion transformed this small city near the border between Europe and Asia. Are they a model for modern challenges of immigration, multiculturalism and the breakdown of community?

Rabbi Adam Chalom has served as Dean-North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism since 2007. He is also the Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago. Rabbi Chalom has spoken at several national and international conferences; edited and contributed to several volumes on Judaism, Humanism and their intersection; and provided weekend learning opportunities with Kahal Braira most recently in 2015. You can read more about his work at https://hjrabbi.wordpress.com/about/curriculum-vitae/.

Mar
14
Sun
Sunday School
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Community Gathering: Rediscovering Jewish Diversity – Session 3
Mar 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The real Jewish experience is more diverse than we ever imagined. How can the histories of diverse Jewish communities transform the Jewish present? Join Kahal B’raira and Rabbi Adam Chalom to learn and to grow!
Register here: https://iishj.org/rediscovering_jewish_diversity/

Following this session, join us to schmooze in a separate Zoom meeting. The schmooze link will be emailed to members; for non-members, please RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org to receive the link.

Learning Session #3, 9:30am-11:30am EST
Free

Beta Yisrael – as the American Jewish community becomes more aware of and open to Jewish racial diversity, how can we learn from the experience of the Beta Yisrael (Ethiopian Jews) in the Jewish State of Israel?

Connecting the Dots – What do these examples of Judaism off the beaten path have in common, and where do they diverge? And what can we learn from this to open our own Jewish communities to today’s Jewish diversity?

Rabbi Adam Chalom has served as Dean-North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism since 2007. He is also the Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago. Rabbi Chalom has spoken at several national and international conferences; edited and contributed to several volumes on Judaism, Humanism and their intersection; and provided weekend learning opportunities with Kahal Braira most recently in 2015. You can read more about his work at https://hjrabbi.wordpress.com/about/curriculum-vitae/.

Post-Seminar Service & Schmooze
Mar 14 @ 11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Following Rabbi Adam’s Sunday morning learning session, grab your lunch and join us to schmooze and discuss the seminar! We’ll also have an abbreviated service, with time to recognize lifecycle events.

​​​​​​​All are welcome, regardless of if you went to any of the learning sessions. For the Zoom link, please RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org.

Mar
18
Thu
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Mar 18 @ 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