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:
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

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

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

Registration link:

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.

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: 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: 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 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 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!

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

Join Zoom meeting:

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 with any questions or concerns!
Tradition on The Screen: Divergent Images of Jewish Traditional Life in Film
Apr 7 @ 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
Instructor:  Dr. Jacob Meskin

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

Sunday School
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday School
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Zoom Live Stream Links

K1/1st: 9:00 – 10:15

          Zoom Link:

                         Password:  955228

2nd & 3rd Grade: 9:00 – 10:30

Zoom Link:

Password:  278671

Art Elective:  9:00 – 10:00

Zoom Link:
Password: LOVE

Cooking Elective: 9:00 – 10:00

Zoom Link:

                      Password: 061356

4th & 5th Grade:  10:15 – 11:30  (Same link as Art)

Zoom Link:
Password: LOVE

6th & 7th Grade: 10:15 – 11:30  (Same link as Cooking)

Zoom Link:

                        Password: 061356

Adult Gathering and Service (KB observes Yom Hashoah)
Apr 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

The Yom Hashoah Committee has been working on our annual Commemoration to the Holocaust, to the victims and survivors, and all ways our lives and our world has changed as a result. The morning will include a service, memorial video, music, and presentation by a survivor. You can view and print a copy of the Yom Hashoah service here.

Celia Kener will be speaking during our program. Celia Kener was born in 1935 in Lvov, Poland. When the Germans invaded in 1941, life totally changed. Her father was drafted into the Russian army while the rest of her family moved into the ghetto. Celia’s mother was selected for a labor camp and was periodically brought in to visit the family on weekends. Her mother found a childless Catholic couple and promised her daughter to them because she didn’t think that she would survive. Celia was eventually reunited with her mother. The family was liberated by the Russians. Her father escaped the Russian army to an Uzbekistan Displaced Persons camp under an assumed name and survived. Celia and her parents came to the US in 1949.

We will not have our usual schmooze, life cycle or announcements during this program, but we will look forward to catching up with people at the next KB Sunday.

During the service, we will share a list of names of some people who perished in the Holocaust. In the past we handed out armbands with those names on it. Since we are unable to do that in a remote service, we invite people to write down a few names from this list and have them nearby during the service. You can see the list here.

We will be lighting and extinguishing candles during the service in memory of all who suffered and all who died. If anyone is interested in doing the same, please have a candle and matches available for their use during the service.

Executive Committee Meeting
Apr 13 @ 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