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.

Mar
28
Sun
Passover Seder
Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
We are so excited to present the details of our virtual Passover Seder for 2021! We invite you not only to attend seder on Sunday, March 28 at 5:30pm via Zoom, but also to participate! Please note that some of the items below have registration/ordering deadlines.

When and Where: Sunday, March 28, from 5:30-6:30pm on zoom (link will be sent to registrants before the event). Please register by 4:00pm on March 28 in order to receive the Zoom link.

Cost: Free, but donations are recommended and greatly appreciated. You will be invited to make your donation on the registration page.

Who: You are invited and so are your friends and family! Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested in joining us.

How to register: Register at this link.

Seder meals and Seder plates:
 We have arranged with Inna’s Kitchen to provide you with the opportunity to order all of your food for your seder meal and a seder plate kit. Inna’s Kitchen has provided us with delicious (just like homemade) food that everyone has raved about for our KB seder meals for many years! Gefilte fish, chicken soup, haroset, gluten-free matzo balls, tzimmes, vegan stuffed peppers are just some of the many options! We have decided to partner with them in order to support a local business during these times.
Inna’s Kitchen will also be providing you with a box of matzo (please do not open the box in the store because the store is dedicated gluten-free). You will need to mention KB when ordering and/or mark your order forms with a KB, and you will receive your free box of matzo with your order.

Want vegetarian soup? If enough people are interested, there’s a possibility of doing a group order. For details, please email Bambi.

So…. don’t delay….please place your orders by filling out the order form or downloading it from their website: http://innaskitchen.com/ by March 18th!

Dessert: Blacker’s Bakery in Newton has a lovely selection of Passover desserts that you can order and pickup at the bakery or get shipped to your home! They will have brownies, chocolate macaroons and matzoh crunch. If you want to have them include a small bottle of grape juice, they can do that too – just ask when you order. The deadline to order is March 19. Order from their website here.

Pre-Passover Bake Night: We are thrilled to invite you to participate in a Virtual Bake Night on Thursday, March 25 at 7pm 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! Please register by Wednesday, March 24, at this link so you can receive your ingredient list and recipe ahead of time.

Wine: Gordon’s Wine and Liquors has provided a curated list of Passover wine selections which you can find on their website: gordonswine.com. You will receive a 15% discount off 6 bottles of mix or match Kosher wines by entering the code: Kos15off
You can place your order on-line and pick up your wine selection curbside. This special offer is ONLY good at their main location at 894 Main Street, Waltham

Participation for children of all ages: Please submit a drawing or illustration of any part of the Passover story that interests you in whatever medium works for you (crayon, marker, pencil, or electronic drawing!). Scan or upload, take a photo, or share the file with the full name of the artist in the title [we will not put names in the presentation] and upload it here; or email it to zmmeadow@gmail.com with the subject line “2021 Passover Seder [Insert first and last name here]”.  We will be putting together a montage of the drawings to be shown during the seder. One work of art per person, please. Please submit by Saturday, March 20.

Participation for Teens/B Mitzvah/Young adults: Please create a very short video clip (about one phrase or sentence, about 5-15 seconds long) stating an action that you feel is important to take to help heal the world and make it a better place. We will be creating a short video montage and showing it after “the plagues” to show how we overcome and make the world a better place. Please name your file with your full name and upload it here or email it to zmmeadow@gmail.com. Please submit by Saturday, March 20.

Participation for all attendees: Everyone will have opportunities to participate in speaking and singing throughout the seder.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Apr
1
Thu
Kvutzah Welcome Meeting
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Zoom meeting: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/88341049782?pwd=NFQ0aFUybFZ2a3NVU1dGM0YwdVJ3UT09

Thank you to everyone who participated in the doodle poll for this event! We will meet this Thursday, April 1st, at 7:30. If you did not participate in the poll, you are still welcome to come!
This is an introductory meeting to learn more about a new youth climate action group starting up in KB, for those who weren’t able to attend the previous Kvutzah Group Welcoming Meeting. Any teens aged 12-18 are welcome. Email Roz Patterson at dinicatcat@gmail.com with any questions or concerns!