Jun
15
Wed
B Mitzvah Cohort Meeting & Parent Q&A
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Students in the B Mitzvah planning process, or thinking about beginning the process, are invited to a B Mitzvah cohort meeting. The student meeting will focus on skills for public speaking. Then at 6:45pm, Lidia will meet with parents to answer questions and talk about speech writing resources available to students, mentors, and parents.

Jun
16
Thu
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Jun 16 @ 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 Melinda Rothstein, or Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org

Tentative Schedule

September 
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part One (Introduction & 1619-1659 & Poem); page xiii – p 35
  • The Book of Unknown Americans (fiction)
October 
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Two (1659-1699 & Poem); pages 40-69
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria (non-fiction)
November
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Three (1699-1739 & Poem); pages 73-108
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee sections 1-3 (memoir, non-fiction)
December
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Four (1739-1779 & Poem); pages 111-145
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee sections 4-7 (memoir, non-fiction)
January
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Five (1779-1819 & Poem); pages 149-184
  • Minor Feelings (memoir)
February
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Six (1819-1859 & Poem); pages 187-221
  • The Night Watchman (fiction)
March
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Seven (1859-1864 & Poem); pages 225-263
  • The Cooking Gene (memoir, non-fiction)
April
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Eight (1899-1939 & Poem); pages 267-304
  • Interior Chinatown (fiction)
May
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Nine (1939-1979 & Poem); pages 307-347
  • The Vanishing Half (fiction)
June
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Ten (1979-2019 & Poem & Conclusion); pages 351-392
  • Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow (non-fiction)
Jun
20
Mon
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Jun 20 @ 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 Melinda Rothstein, or Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org

Tentative Schedule

September 
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part One (Introduction & 1619-1659 & Poem); page xiii – p 35
  • The Book of Unknown Americans (fiction)
October 
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Two (1659-1699 & Poem); pages 40-69
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria (non-fiction)
November
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Three (1699-1739 & Poem); pages 73-108
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, parts 1-3 (memoir, non-fiction)
December
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Four (1739-1779 & Poem); pages 111-145
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, parts 4-7 (memoir, non-fiction)
January
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Five (1779-1819 & Poem); pages 149-184
  • Minor Feelings (memoir)
February
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Six (1819-1859 & Poem); pages 187-221
  • The Night Watchman (fiction)
March
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Seven (1859-1864 & Poem); pages 225-263
  • The Cooking Gene (memoir, non-fiction)
April
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Eight (1899-1939 & Poem); pages 267-304
  • Interior Chinatown (fiction)
May
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Nine (1939-1979 & Poem); pages 307-347
  • The Vanishing Half (fiction)
June
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Ten (1979-2019 & Poem & Conclusion); pages 351-392
  • Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow (non-fiction)
Jun
26
Sun
Musical Picnic & Open House
Jun 26 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Join music director Zach Mayer for some music and singing before he leaves for his year long sabbatical in Israel! We’ll hear some of our favorite KB tunes and learn some new ones, before enjoying a BYO picnic lunch together. There will also be an info session and Q&A for prospective members, and an opportunity to tour our Sunday school and community gathering space.

RSVPs are helpful but not required. Please RSVP to Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org.

Jul
10
Sun
Summer Picnic at Larz Anderson
Jul 10 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
The KB Summer BBQ is almost here – please join us on Sunday July 10!
  • KB will provide burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and fixin’s
  • Bring your own non-alcoholic beverages
  • Bring a side dish, salad, fruit or dessert to share – potluck & volunteer sign-up by 7/7
    • We need volunteers to set-up, clean-up and staff the grills! We can’t do this alone! Volunteer sign-up included in potluck sign up (potluck & volunteer sign-up)
  • Please ALSO RSVP by 7/7 for planning purposes

    • Space is limited to the first 80 respondents.
Details
  • Sunday, July 10th
  • 11:00am – 2:00pm (lunch served 11:30- 1:00pm)
  • Larz Anderson Park, Brookline  – Goddard St entrance (important map and parking info in potluck sign-up)
  • Reserved picnic area with tables, shelter from the sun, and bathrooms
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Pick up your T-shirt orders!
  • Outdoor games and general hilarity will ensue!
Please contact Cheryl Meadow (csmeadow@comcast.net) or Ellen Forman (ewforman4@gmail.com) with any questions.
Aug
9
Tue
LGBTQ+ Working Group
Aug 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The LGBTQ+ Issues Working Group is proud to announce our inaugural meeting on Tuesday, August 9, at 8:00pm via Zoom.  Everyone in Grade 8 and above is invited – we’re looking for a good intergenerational group to learning about the issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community, looking at this social justice issue through humanist and Jewish lenses, and bring awareness and opportunities for tikkun olam to the congregation.

Those who have already signed up have received an invite to our listserv.  If you (or a teenager in your house) did not get the invite and want to join the working group, please email Lidia at l.pruente@kahalbraira.org with your name(s) and whether you can make it to the August 9 meeting.

Sep
15
Thu
KBeats Rehearsal
Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Our musicians play instruments that include voice, clarinet, guitar, recorder, saxophone, flute, piano, cello and bass. We are led by Zach Mayer, baritone saxophonist and singer, and interim music director Lysander Jaffe. Lysander and Zach create arrangements for all abilities and experience levels. We don’t have fixed arrangements so we can adapt to different instrumentation as needed.

We are always looking for new musicians, and all are welcome to join our music group, the KBeats! For more information, please email Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org.

Sep
18
Sun
Community Gathering
Sep 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us in-person or online for this community gathering. For our first gathering after the summer break, we’ll spend some extra time schmoozing and playing some games.

The announcements and service will be livestreamed on Zoom. Please email Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org for the Zoom link.

At the Fayerweather Street School, 765 Concord Ave, Cambridge.

Sep
19
Mon
KBeats Rehearsal
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Our musicians play instruments that include voice, clarinet, guitar, recorder, saxophone, flute, piano, cello and bass. We are led by Zach Mayer, baritone saxophonist and singer, and interim music director Lysander Jaffe. Lysander and Zach create arrangements for all abilities and experience levels. We don’t have fixed arrangements so we can adapt to different instrumentation as needed.

We are always looking for new musicians, and all are welcome to join our music group, the KBeats! For more information, please email Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org.

Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Sep 19 @ 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.