Oct
8
Thu
Open House: Humanistic Judaism 101
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us for an open house, for people to learn more about Humanistic Judaism and Kahal B’raira. For Zoom info, RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org.

Oct
25
Sun
Sunday School and Adult Service & Gathering: Price of Whiteness
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:45 pm

What has it meant to be Jewish in a nation preoccupied with the categories of black and white? Join historian Eric Goldstein, author of The Price of Whiteness, as he shares an overview of the uneasy place Jews have held in America’s racial culture. Dr. Goldstein will trace the often tumultuous encounter with race, from the 1870s through to WWII, when Jews became vested as part of America’s white mainstream. He will also discuss how these issues have shaped the relationship between Jews and African Americans, from the 19th century through contemporary movements for racial justice. A Q & A with Dr. Goldstein will follow his talk.

Professor Goldstein is the author of The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity

 

Nov
8
Sun
Sunday School & Adult Service and Gathering: Harnessing the Benefits of Behavioral Science in a Challenging Time
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:45 pm

9:00 – Sunday School
Adult Programming
10:30 – Schmooze & Announcements
11:00 – Service
11:30-12:45 – Harnessing the Benefits of Behavioral Science in a Challenging Time, with Nurit Nobel
30-40 minute talk, followed by a 30-45 minute Q and A

As an Israeli PhD researcher in Economic Psychology at Stockholm School of Economics and the CEO and co-founder of Impactually, a behavioral science consultancy, Nurit Nobel aims to improve people’s health, wellbeing, and finances. Join us as she speaks with us about how behavioral insights can be used to nudge each of us, during a challenging time, into living more deliberately in accordance with our highest values.

Visitors are always welcome! For Zoom information, please RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org.

Nov
10
Tue
Executive Committee Meeting
Nov 10 @ 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

Nov
13
Fri
Family-friendly Shabbat Service
Nov 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Children, Parents and People of all ages, come and welcome Shabbat! Our Music Director, Zach Mayer and Youth Coordinator, Frances Lasday, will lead us in songs, humanistic blessings, candle lighting, and maybe even a game about Shabbat!
To join in, gather candles, candle sticks and matches to light the candles. Challah and grape juice would be great too.
RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org for Zoom link and a copy of humanistic blessings.
Nov
19
Thu
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Nov 19 @ 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 – Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?,  by Beverly Daniel Tatum
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

Nov
22
Sun
Sunday School & Community Gathering: The Band’s Visit
Nov 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:45 pm

9:00 – Sunday School
Adult Programming
10:30 – Schmooze & Announcements
11:00 – Service
11:30-12:45 – The Band’s Visit Movie Discussion

Join us for a facilitated discussion of the The Band’s Visit (2007), winner of eight Ophir (Academy Award) prizes by the Israeli Film Board. The film presents a musical band composed of members of the Egyptian police force, as they head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center. Finding themselves lost in the wrong town, both Egyptians and Israelis overcome ethnic barriers, finding companionship through a pervading undercurrent of shared melancholy. The Boston Globe reviewer described this film as a “comedy and tragedy of the things that separate people: borders, religions, languages, loneliness. It’s a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it’s over.”

NOTE: We will NOT be screening the film together. The film is available to stream for free here. You can find other places to watch at here. Please watch the movie in advance of the discussion.

Nov
23
Mon
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Nov 23 @ 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 – Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?,  by Beverly Daniel Tatum
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

Nov
29
Sun
Grades 4-7 Parent Meetup
Nov 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Parent meetups are a chance to connect with other parents of similar-age children, discuss what is working well with the KB virtual programming and what could be improved, and to see what people can offer and what people need during this hard time. A Zoom link will be emailed to class parents the day before the meetup.
Dec
6
Sun
Sunday School & Community Gathering: The Resurgence of Yiddish Musical Culture
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:45 pm

9:00 – Sunday School
Adult Programming
10:30 – Schmooze & Announcements
11:00 – Service
11:30-12:45 – Ashkenaz Rising: The Near Demise and Resurgence of Yiddish Musical Culture

In this multimedia lecture, ethnomusicologist Hankus Netsky examines the factors that led to the near demise of Yiddish musical culture. As a pioneering member of a movement to revive this nearly lost art form, Netsky will present an overview of an amazing four-decades of cultural rekindling, with personal insights about a resurgence that has grown to thousands of participants and fans across the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia.

RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org for the Zoom link.