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

Mar
21
Sun
Teen Social Justice Discussion Group
Mar 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Led by Mattie, a KB high school alum, this peer led group will be a space where youth and young adults can discuss together how they are understanding the social issues of their time, what it means to be humanistic Jews and activists and learn together about social justice causes. This group is open to KB members and their friends in 6th grade or older.
For Zoom link, please RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org.
Yom Hashoah Speaker
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hessy Levinsons Taft was born in the Hitler era in Berlin to Latvian Jewish parents who were studying opera at the Berlin Conservatory of Music. A year later she won a beauty contest for the most beautiful Aryan baby in Germany. Neither she nor her family knew she had been entered into this contest. That story and its resulting publicity led her family to leave Germany. Thanks to the ingenuity of her father and incredibly fateful circumstances, her family was able to flee the holocaust to various locations in France and subsequently to Cuba. Hessy will share with us the story of her baby picture – ironic evidence of the flaws of the theory of the Aryan race – and her family’s escape from Europe.
You can see a photo of Hessy holding up the baby photo here:
Mar
22
Mon
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Mar 22 @ 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

Mar
25
Thu
Pre-Passover Bake Night
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtdOqhrz0qGtcmgxTa2a1SXZfekjqlVPrQ

Join Kahal B’raira for a Virtual Bake Night to prepare your own dessert for Passover! We will gather together in zoom and have two options for you via breakout rooms: Mamaleh’s Flourless Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Covered Matzoh Crunch!

Click here for the Mamaleh’s Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe.
Click here for the Matzoh Crunch recipe.

Please register by Wednesday, March 24 so you can receive your ingredient list and recipe ahead of time.