Feb
9
Tue
Executive Committee Meeting
Feb 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

Feb
14
Sun
Parent Workshop: Supporting Kids with Online Learning
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop will focus on how parents can support their children while learning remotely. We will talk about how to support students’ social emotional, organizational and academic needs in a way that helps them become independent learners in a remote setting. Please bring all your questions, concerns, and any tips and tricks that are already working for you!

Bio:
Sarah is a Special Education Teacher in the Boston Public Schools; Inclusion Coordinator at the URJ 6 in Points Sci-Tech Academy; and Consultant and Coach, for Gateways: Access to Jewish Education Massachusetts. Sarah has worked in inclusive settings for the past decade and has worked for Boston Public Schools as a teacher of students with significant disabilities for the last 5 years. Sarah has worked in various capacities in synagogue schools, training teens and teachers to collaboratively support all students in their classrooms. Sarah received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Tufts University and her graduate degree in special education from Lesley University.

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

Feb
17
Wed
B Mitzvah Parent Meeting
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • B Mitzvah Overview – Why do we have cultural B Mitzvahs?
  • Planning Resources
    • Planning Checklist
    • Handbook
    • Liturgy & service examples
    • Speech writing guidelines
  • Logistics: group brainstorm on venues, caterers, and other event planning details
Feb
21
Sun
Sunday School
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Feb
22
Mon
Kvutzah Group Welcome Meeting
Feb 22 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us on Monday, February 22nd, at 4:30 pm (Zoom link coming soon!) for the first official KB climate action Kvutzah group meeting! We will go over what our goals and plans will be for the group. Members of the leadership board at the Jewish Youth Climate Movement will present more information about the organization, their norms, achievements, values, mission, and more! Any interested youth aged 12-18 is welcome. This Kvutzah group will meet roughly once a week, but you do not need to come to every meeting. If you have any questions, feel free to email Roz Patterson at dinicatcat@gmail.com.

Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Feb 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 – Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
July – Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?,  by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Feb
25
Thu
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Feb 25 @ 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 – Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
July – Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?,  by Beverly Daniel Tatum

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