Apr
25
Mon
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Apr 25 @ 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)
Apr
26
Tue
Executive Committee Budget Meeting
Apr 26 @ 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. For the Zoom link, please email Lidia at l.pruente@kahalbraira.org.

May
1
Sun
KB Day
May 1 @ 9:15 am – 12:00 pm

Join Kahal B’raira for a Community Gathering, featuring a service, time to schmooze, and and various workshops.

9:30 – Singing, Blessings, Service
10:10 – Schmooze & Snacks Outside! You are encouraged to bring homemade snacks! Fayerweather is a nut-free space
10:30 -Workshops

  • Singing and dancing with Zach, all ages, in-person
    Join our music director Zach Mayer for a workshop in new Jewish songs and old Jewish dances, designed to get people singing and moving together in a casual and fun way. After spending the past two years on a screen, it’s time to get up and dance! All are welcome. No musical knowledge or dance experience necessary.
  • Mezuzah Craft Workshop (all ages, in-person)
    What is a Humanistic Mezuzah and why does it lean? Adults, teens and kids are welcome to stop by and find out while we make personalized mezuzot from wood or LEGOs. Lots of inspiring supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own including a poem, quote, photo, or drawing that you might want to place inside. Donations of LEGOs would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you have a unique one you’d like to share, please bring it as we will also have a small display.
  • Concerned about Climate Change? Come Learn & Take Action! (ages 5 to 105, in-person)
    Come learn and take action!  Nili Pearlmutter, Bambi Good, and some of our tremendous teens will be leading a session.  While Bambi and the teens read age appropriate environmental books with the children, Nili will lead adults in a short, informative session about a cimate action organization called Mothers Out Front and their current Massachusetts campaign.  Then adults and children will work together to create cards and letters for our legislators.
  • Discussion of the film Ida  (adults and teen, Zoom)
    Join KB Co-President Nancy Waters for a discussion of the movie Ida (2013) by Pawel Pawlikoski, which was the first Polish film to win an Academy Award. You can read about the movie here, and watch a trailer here.

    Please watch the movie prior to KB Day. It is available through multiple streaming services, some free:

    Amazon Prime Members: Free
    Kanopy: Free with a library card
    Tubi: Free (although probably with ads)
    Amazon non-Prime: $2.99 to rent
    YouTube: $2.99 to rent

    This discussion will be on Zoom. If you’re at Fayerweather, please feel free to bring a device and find a quiet corner of the join the call.

  • New & Newish Members Club –Ideas of Humanistic Judaism
    We will watch a short video: Video “A Universe Not Made For Us” Carl Sagan

    Then we will discuss some of the most frequently asked questions about Humanistic Judaism:
    1. What is Secular Humanistic Judaism?
    2. How can someone be Jewish without believing in God?
    3. Why is Humanistic Judaism a separate movement?
    4. Is Humanistic Judaism a religion?

    Come with your ideas and questions! This meeting is open to anyone who feels new to KB.

 

11:45 Closing Activity and Song

The service will be livestreamed, and there will be in-person or Zoom options for the workshop. For more information, please email Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org.

May
5
Thu
American Jews and Racial Justice: Where We Are Now and How We Got Here
May 5 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm

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

Thursdays, 7:15-8:45 pm, 10 Sessions
Location: Zoom
Cost: $180; some financial aid available
Register: https://tinyurl.com/ja4h8pk2

Part One: Finding our place: Jews in the Struggle for Racial Equity
with Tema Smith – 6 Sessions: 9/30, 10/28, 11/18, 12/9, 1/13, 2/10

With a renewed awakening about the pervasiveness of systemic racism in our society, questions about where the Jewish community fits in are appearing more and more. How does the social construction of race impact the Jewish community? Are white-presenting Jews considered white? How does the Jewish community show up for Jews of Color? And where does antisemitism fit into this spectrum of oppression? In this course, we will dive into some of these hot-button topics and emerge with a deeper understanding of each of our places in the fight for justice.

Part Two: American Jews and Race: A Historical Perspective
with Dr. Marc Dollinger – 4 Sessions: 3/17, 4/7, 5/5, 6/2

Learn about the most important historical moments for American Jews and questions of race. Explore how white-presenting Jews have, and have not, been considered privileged in U.S. history. Dive deep into the civil rights movement of the 1950s and early 1960s, learning new insights into both southern Jews and northern Jewish participation in racial justice causes. Learn about the apparent break-up of the Black/Jewish alliance in the mid-1960s with a close reading of the Black Power movement and its inspiration for American Jewish public identity. Finally, examine actual historical documents going back 360 years revealing the interconnection between Jews, race, and racism, that show us how “becoming American” often meant participation in racist systems.

If you encounter any difficulties with registration, please contact Cindy Bernstein at cbernstein@hebrewcollege.edu or 617-559-8709.

There will not be much homework for this series.

May
10
Tue
Executive Committee Meeting
May 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. For the Zoom link, please email Lidia at l.pruente@kahalbraira.org.

May
15
Sun
Sunday School Snow Makeup Day & Grades 2-5 Socials
May 15 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

TO MAKE UP FOR THE SNOW CANCELLATION OF JANUARY 16

Our Sunday school curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, ethics, history, and culture. We welcome students and families from all backgrounds, including LGBTQ+, interfaith, and intercultural families. Visitors are welcome! For more info, please email Sophia Brion-Meisels, our school director, at eddirector@kahalbraira.org.

Following school, the Grades 2-3 and Grades 4-5 classes will have a picnic and scavenger hunt at the Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Tot Time for Families
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Children 4 and under, plus their adults and older siblings, are invited to Tot Family Time at Kahal B’raira! We will tell stories, sing with Music Director Zach Mayer, connect with other families, and enjoy a snack. RSVPs are appreciated to help with planning. To RSVP, please email Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org.

May
16
Mon
B Mitzvah Cohort Meeting & Parent Q&A
May 16 @ 8:46 pm – 9:46 pm

Students in the B Mitzvah planning process, or thinking about beginning the process, are invited to a B Mitzvah cohort meeting. We’ll wrap up the year with some activities focusing on what it means to be a Jewish adult. Then at 6:45pm, Lidia will meet with parents to answer questions and talk about speech writing resources available to students, mentors, and parents.

May
19
Thu
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
May 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 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)
May
22
Sun
Community Gathering: Annual Meeting
May 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

Join Kahal B’raira for a Community Gathering, featuring a service, time to schmooze, and our short but important annual meeting where we affirm our structure for another year. We will hear about the budget for fiscal year 2022-23, and members age 13 and older are welcome to vote on our board slate and bylaws revision.

Schedule
9:30 – Schmooze & coffee (outside/Zoom)
10:10 – Candle Lighting and Service led by Sam
11:00 – Short break
11:05 – Annual Meeting

If we have extra time after the annual meeting, we’ll have more time to schmooze, plus an optional discussion group about Humanism and ethics!

Community Gatherings will be hybrid, with in-person and streaming options. For more information, please email Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org.