May
16
Sun
Sunday School Open House: Pre-K – Grade 7
May 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

How can Jewish education be both meaningful and relevant for kids? At Kahal B’raira’s secular Sunday School, students explore how Jewish values can help us create a better world.

Kahal B’raira’s Sunday School provides:
  • A curriculum that emphasizes collaboration, critical thinking, and decision making skills.
  • A space for our students to celebrate the diversity in Jewish culture. Our program is engaging and fun for students of diverse identities, cultures, beliefs, and interests, including from interfaith and LGBTQ households.
  • A place where children connect Jewish learning and values with action.
Come check it out! Children in preschool through seventh grade (and their adults!) are invited to our Open House.
  • 9:00-10:00am – Students and parents visit classes
  • 10:00-10:30am – Q&A with school director Sophia Brion-Meisels

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“Kahal B’raira provides a place for my family to live Jewishly and where I can raise my children in a tradition that is both Jewish and has intellectual integrity.”

 

Click Here to RSVP, or email Sophia at eddirector@kahalbraira.org.

Adult Gathering and Service (KB celebrates Shavuot)
May 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

We’ll kick off our next community gathering with the annual meeting, where members will have a chance to vote an a bylaws revision and on the incoming board slate! Stay tuned for details.

Following the meeting, we’ll have a Shavuot themed service and time for game rooms and an extended schmooze!

Tikkun Leil Shavuot – Evening of Learning
May 16 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Our Torah: How Learning Leads to Action

The evening of Shavuot finds Jews around the world gathering in synagogues and learning through the night, often fueled by coffee and cheesecake. This practice of all-night Torah study is known as ‘tikkun leil Shavuot.’

Join the IISHJ on Zoom for a series of 15-20 minute sessions, either direct presentations or conversations with organizations doing good in the world.

Secular Humanistic Jews celebrate Shavuot with Jewish literature and ideas from all eras, not only the Torah, and we agree with the Talmud’s sages that “study leads to action.” Join Leaders and Rabbis in Secular Humanistic Judaism as they turn our Tikkun Leil Shavuot into Tikkun Olam [”repairing the world”] through learning experiences with organizations and people doing good here and now! Topics under consideration include the challenges of secular education in ultra-Orthodox schools, the importance of Biblical literacy for secular people, how understanding Jewish racial diversity can help motivate work for racial justice, maybe even the new Duolingo Yiddish program! More details on the program to come, so stay tuned.

May
20
Thu
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
May 20 @ 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

May
21
Fri
Family-friendly Shabbat Service
May 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Children, parents and people of all ages, come and welcome Shabbat! Popular with kids and adults alike, our musical Shabbat services are filled with opportunities to sing, dance, and connect with community, as we think together about what we’ve appreciated this past month and how we can help spread joy in the world!
To join in, gather candles, candle sticks and matches to light the candles. Challah and grape juice would be great too.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/91222107771
Meeting ID: 912 2210 7771
Dial by your location
+1 929-205-6099

May
23
Sun
Teen Social Justice Discussion Group
May 23 @ 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.
Celebrate Gladys & KB’s 45th Anniversary!
May 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Save the date to celebrate Gladys Maged’s retirement after 17 years of work at Kahal B’raira! We will also celebrate KB’s 45th anniversary on Sunday, May 23, at 4:00pm.

Click here to RSVP!

May
24
Mon
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
May 24 @ 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

May
25
Tue
Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Youth at KB and Beyond
May 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join KB members Rina and Siobhán Mazor for a help info session and Q&A about supporting trans youth in today’s climate. Siobhán (she/her) is a “late-bloomer” trans woman who began her journey of self-discovery at age 29. Her wife Rina (she/her) is the parent of a trans son who began transitioning in kindergarten. They are fierce advocates for and educators about the trans community and will present ways to support trans youth and answer questions you may have about what it means to be an ally to this vulnerable community.

Please register here for the Zoom link. Questions? Email Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org.

Jun
4
Fri
Family-friendly Shabbat Service
Jun 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Children, parents and people of all ages, come and welcome Shabbat! Popular with kids and adults alike, our musical Shabbat services are filled with opportunities to sing, dance, and connect with community, as we think together about what we’ve appreciated this past month and how we can help spread joy in the world!
To join in, gather candles, candle sticks and matches to light the candles. Challah and grape juice would be great too.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/91222107771
Meeting ID: 912 2210 7771
Dial by your location
+1 929-205-6099