Jun
12
Sun
Community Gathering: Chagigah & Blood Drive
Jun 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

Join Kahal B’raira for our last community gathering of the year, including chagigah, our school graduation ceremony, and an album release concert by the KBeats!

Schedule:
Adult Program/Kids in Class (inside)
9:30 – Announcements
9:45 – Blessings & Concert
10:15 – Appreciations
10:30 – transition to outside
Chagigah Celebration (outside)
10:45 – Schmooze/ each class has a table that adults can visit to hear about what they’ve learned this year
11:00 –  Graduation service
12:00 – End

The MGH Bloodmobile will come to KB from 9am-1pm.

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

Sunday School & Grades 6-7 Bike Ride
Jun 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

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.

6-7 Class Activity, June 12th, right after KB:

Hey, 6-7 Class: Let’s celebrate the end of the Sunday School year and the beginning of summer by doing a group bike trip along the Minuteman Trail, from Arlington Center to Ranc’s (in Lexington Center) for ice cream! Load bike(s) on the family car and take them to KB. We’ll meet between 12:30 and 12:45 on the Minuteman Rail Trail in Arlington Center, which is only about 2 miles from the Fayerweather School.
Starting point is the Uncle Sam Memorial statue in Arlington Ctr. (at the corner of Rt. 60 and Mass. Ave.). There is a parking lot right across the street where you can leave your car, unload the bike(s) and cross Rt. 60 to our meeting place.
Bike trip to Lexington is 4.9 miles one way.
Parents, siblings and other friends/relatives also welcome to bike – or you can even drive to Lexington Center and meet us there (around 1:15 or so), to pick up those who’d rather not bike the round trip.
Please RSVP to Linda Manganaro (6-7 class parent)
so that we know you are coming. Also, don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or comments.
Remember to bring helmets, water and sunblock.
Hope you will join us!

Jun
14
Tue
Executive Committee Meeting
Jun 14 @ 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.

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 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 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

Join us next month for our popular summer gathering at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline! Great socializing, playing, and BYO lunch for all ages. Visitors are welcome. We have a reserved picnic area with tables, shelter from the sun, and bathrooms.

For more info, please email Lidia at Info@kahalbraira.org.

Jul
12
Tue
Executive Committee Meeting
Jul 12 @ 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.