Hanukkah 2017

Celebrate Hanukkah at 384 Harvard St.! Events for Everyone! Hanukkah at 384 Harvard St. will feature events from Congregation Kehillath Israel, KI Preschool & PTO, and our partners Congregation Mishkan Tefila and Center Makor. We'll also have a special teen event at the Museum of Fine Arts!   Rockin' Hanukkah Party with KI Preschool / PTO Co-sponsored by Center Makor, Mishkan Tefila, and KIRS Sunday, December 17 10:00 am - 12 noon in Epstein Featuring Little Beats Rock-A-Baby band concert, fun for the whole family. Ages 0-7 and all families are welcome! An $18 donation per family includes one latke and one jelly donut per child. Questions? Email kinspto@gmail.com. Prepay available via Venmo @kins-pto or PayPal kinspto@gmail.com.   Teen Hanukkah at the Museum of Fine Arts Wednesday, December 13 5:30 - 6:30 pm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Admission is free during this event! RSVP to mainoffice@congki.org Visit the Museum of Fine Arts for an evening celebrating Hanukkah. Enjoy an array of festive musical performances, engaging tours, and family-friendly activities. Explore the MFA's collection of Judaica, view a one-of-a-kind menorah, and join a community candle lighting. Hang out with other teens from the community! Michal Adar, Teen Coordinator, will be at the event. Please RSVP to mainoffice@congki.org. MenorahFest & Dinner + Annual Artistic Hanukkah Festival & Concert Sunday, December 17 4:00 pm in Epstein $20 per person including dinner RSVP by Tuesday, December 12 to info@mishkantefila.orgThe program includes MenorahFest services, a dinner, and a concert. Bring your own special Hanukkah menorah and candles to be lighted at MenorahFest. We encourage you to bring a unique and interesting Hanukkah menorah that is meaningful to you.The Artistic Hanukkah Festival will present a musical performance by our guests from L.A.: violinist

י״ז בכסלו ה׳תשע״ח (December 5, 2017)|Categories: archive, Events|

Honoring Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum

One of Israel's Most Inspiring Leaders and Creative Thinkers Shabbat of Friday-Saturday, December 1-2 Rabbi Elad-Appelbaum is the founder and spiritual leader of Kehilat Zion of Jerusalem and co-founder of the seminary for Israeli rabbis of Hamidrasha and the Hartman Institute. Rabbi Elad-Appelbaum's works to advance a Jewish spiritual and ethical renaissance.  In 2010 she was named by the Forward as one of the most influential religious leaders in Israel.  KI is honored to present our Third  Commonwealth Prize for her historic leadership in helping to found 'Israeli Judaism'. Click here to hear a portion of a podcast Rabbi Elad-Appelbaum was featured on. Rabbi Elad-Appelbaum will teach at dinner on Friday, December 1. The registration deadline has passed. We look forward to seeing everyone there! Services on Friday, December 1 KI Mincha begins at 3:59 pm KI Community Kabbalat Shabbat (KICKS) at 5:15 pm CMT First Friday Musical Kabbalat Shabbat begins at 6:00 pm Dinner on Friday, December 1 will be at 7:00 pm. Services on Saturday, December 2 Rabbi Elad-Appelbaum will give a Dvar Torah during Shabbat morning services, which begin with Shacharit at 8:45 am, Torah Service at 9:50 am, and Dvar Torah at 11:30 am.

כ׳ במרחשון ה׳תשע״ח (November 9, 2017)|Categories: archive, Events|

Community Events

Camp Yavneh Information Sessions Virtual: Wednesday, December 20 at 7 PM Thinking about summer? It is closer than you think and registration for kayitz ‘18 has already begun! Are you looking for a premiere Jewish overnight camping experience with campers from throughout North America? Please join us at an upcoming information session from the comfort of your own home to hear why so many kids (and their parents) love Yavneh so much. Yavneh is a top notch summer camp where multiple generations create lifelong friendships, engage in top-notch activities and deepen their Jewish engagement. Our Klal Yisrael (pluralistic) approach encourages children to respect all Jews in a fun, co-ed, overnight. Campers ages 8-16 engage in terrific camp activities including sports, art, swimming, drama and dance in a spirited environment. For campers in grades 2-5, Yavneh offers a Kaytana program - a 2 week experience where the campers are fully integrated into camp. Camp Yavneh is Kosher and Shabbat observant. Please RSVP on our website if you would like to attend (and bring your camp age children) one of these sessions. We will send exact log-on information and/or address to info session as the date gets closer. RSVP online. Interested in learning more about Yavneh but can’t make an information session, send an email to info@campyavneh.org or call 603.942.5593.   Eser Young Adult Learning: Mindfulness, Meditation and Personal Growth Series: Abraham Joshua Heschel - Mondays at a member's home in Brookline - January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13 Using the writings of 20th century theologian, poet and activist R. Abraham Joshua Heschel as our guide, along with the Hasidic teachings that inspired him, we will focus on developing mindfulness practices

ט׳ במרחשון ה׳תשע״ח (October 29, 2017)|Categories: archive, Events|

Jewish Learning Summit

Jewish Learning Summit Sunday, October 22 9:30 am - 12:30 pm RSVP here! Come explore a variety of Jewish learning opportunities with us at the 384 Campus. The Jewish Learning Summit is a chance to preview some of the many offerings starting up this season. It will be a morning full of learning, socializing, and nosh - not to be missed! We also have a guide available with class descriptions, dates and times of courses, and registration information for those classes that request RSVPs. Please click here to download the guide. The event on October 22 is FREE, but please RSVP so we can get a headcount - we really appreciate it! While we are still determining the exact schedule of classes, some of the courses featured will be: Women & Judaism Siddur Meaning Making Jewish Art Klezmer Dance Mussar Food for Thought: Fork Fights and Plate Politics Jewish Rituals Regarding Death & Grief We also have offerings for families and teenagers, including a Hebrew Play group, a group for teen girls, and more. Come to the Summit to learn more, and bring your friends!

כ׳ בתשרי ה׳תשע״ח (October 10, 2017)|Categories: archive, Events|

Services: Sukkot through Simchat Torah

Please see below for complete service times, or click here to download PDF with service start times. For events, please see our Events Page for Sukkot through Simchat Torah.   Leyl Sukkot – Wednesday, October 4 Services held in the Library. Candle lighting – 6:01 pm Mincha – 6:06 pm Home/Sukkah Ritual Light festival candles at home with two blessings (l'hadlik ner shel yom tov and shehechiyanu) no later than 6:01 pm. It is customary to light a long-burning or yartzeit candle as well (without a blessing) so fire will be available to transfer for lighting candles on Thursday and Friday (6:39 pm) evening or for cooking during the holiday. Kiddush for festivals should be made in the Sukkah followed by the additional blessings asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu leisheiv basukkah then shehechiyanu.  We invite ushpizin (spiritual guests to sit alongside the people we have invited in (See here for more.).  We say the hamotzi as usual, over two challot, and additional prayers are included in Birkat HaMazon. All seven days of Sukkot, we make an effort to eat, drink, learn, and spend free time in the sukkah.  Conceptually during this period, our homes become our temporary dwellings and our sukkot our permanent dwellings. In anticipation of Shabbat's arrival immediately following the Festival's Second Day, it is customary to arrange an Eruv Tavshilin (a roasted egg and piece of bread) to enable food preparation on the Friday Festival for Shabbat.   Sukkot, First Day – Thursday, October 5 Morning Services, 8:45 am, Epstein Auditorium Other approximate times are as follows: 9:45 am, Hallel with lulav cluster 10:05 am, Torah service 11:35 am, Hoshanot (circular procession) with lulav cluster 12:00 pm, Kiddush in the sukkah KI welcomes Congregation

י״ג בתשרי ה׳תשע״ח (October 3, 2017)|Categories: archive, Events|

Events: Sukkot through Simchat Torah

Services Please find a list of service times here.   Tea in Tishrei: Community Art Project For all dates & times click here With Eliza Katz—RSVP to elizaakatz@gmail.com Artist Eliza Katz is creating a community art project. Join the ‘Post-It Project’, a community art project which invites our members and other campus partners to reflect upon their experiences at KI during our renovatation period. Eliza Katz, will incorporate them into a large, colorful art installation in the Williams Street stairwell, where they can be viewed by all the community members who pass through. The goal for this project is to create a space of reflection and appreciation.   STEW-Kot: Shabbat Dinner in the KI Sukkah! Friday, October 6, at 6:45 pm RSVP here by tomorrow, Tuesday, October 3 so we know to make enough stew! Join us for Shabbat dinner! Dinner will start at 6:45pm following KI Community Kabbalat Shabbat (KICKS) services, which begin at 6:00 pm with mincha. KI will provide two different delicious vegetarian stews. Sides - dairy or vegan only - are potluck style. Please bring either pre-packaged, purchased food that is sealed and marked with a kosher symbol, or something made with raw vegetables and/or fruit (like a green salad). Please also bring reusable bowls, plates, flatware, and cups. This event is free of charge. Come one come all and celebrate Sukkot with us at KICKS!   Sukkot BBQ at Eric Brass’s House Sunday, October 8, 1:00—6:00 PM ​Weather permitting The KI community is invited to join together to celebrate Sukkot at Eric Brass’s Sukkah, with meat and vegetarian BBQ. All are welcome! The address is 118 Winchester St., Brookline. Walk up the drive to the left of the house​.   For high schoolers:

י״ב בתשרי ה׳תשע״ח (October 2, 2017)|Categories: archive, Events|

Fall 2017 Learning and Learning Guide

Below is the learning guide for the fall of 2017. Please use the forward and back arrows to go through the guide, and the + and - symbols to zoom in and zoom out. You may also download a PDF of the guide. .

ח׳ בתשרי ה׳תשע״ח (September 28, 2017)|Categories: archive, Events|

Tea in Tishri – The Post-It Project

Dates at a Glance: Monday, October 2, 7:00 - 8:30 pm Sunday, October 8, 9:00 - 11:00 am Monday, October 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm Sunday, October 15, 9:00 - 11:00 am Monday, October 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm Thursday, October 19, 7:00 - 8:30 pm .

ו׳ בתשרי ה׳תשע״ח (September 26, 2017)|Categories: archive, Events|

2017-18 B’nai Mitzvah Invitation

Dear KI B’nai Mitzvah Families, We are so excited to see your celebration approaching in the coming months! There will be many forms of learning and preparation along the road, and we are looking forward to accompanying you on that journey. My name is Batya Ellinoy and I am thrilled to be joining Rabbi Hamilton, Shirah Rubin, and the KI community as the new B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator and to work alongside your family as you go through the B’nai Mitzvah process. I am originally from Monterey, California and am most recently coming from Prescott, Arizona where I was working as Associate Faculty in Integrated Arts/Dance at Prescott College. Having just moved to Boston to begin Rabbinical School at Hebrew College, I couldn’t be happier to be joining the warm and committed community at KI. I view this significant rite of passage of bar/bat mitzvah to be of great importance in continuing the gifts of our Jewish tradition, to the well-being of our individual spiritual development and that of our communities, and to the sustainability of the world. On many levels, this is no small endeavor! I truly look forward to getting to know each of your families throughout the next several months as we navigate this special time together. KI has designed the b’nai mitzvah seminar as an annual program with a focus is on discerning values as our b’nai mitzvah become adult members of our community and of the world as a whole. Students and their parents will join together for monthly sessions over the course of the year. As a family, you will have the opportunity to connect and learn with other families who are preparing for bar/bat mitzvah at the same time.

כ״ז באלול ה׳תשע״ז (September 18, 2017)|Categories: archive, Events|

Tisha B’Av 2017 Guide

“With the mourner’s mouth in the dust, perhaps there will be hope”  (Lam. 3:29) The traditional time-frame for fasting on Tisha B’Av is similar to that of Yom Kippur, beginning the evening of Monday 7/31 and continuing through Tuesday 8/1 evening at nightfall. Washing, wearing leather shoes, physical intimacy, in addition to eating and drinking are all suspended for the day. Unlike Yom Kippur, an additional prohibition against Torah learning (which evokes joy) is observed until the latter half of the day (Tuesday afternoon) when the tone shifts from destruction toward comfort. Learning that is permitted includes the Book of Job and rabbinic passages (kinot) that deal with the destruction of Jerusalem. We are honored to reflect and observe with you in the services listed below. Leyl Tisha B’Av, Monday, July 31, 2017 Mincha services, Epstein Auditorium 7:50 pm Tisha B’Av Maariv, 8:10pm (Including Eicha) Tisha B’Av, Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Shacharit services, Epstein 7:00 am (including Torah, Haftorah, and Eicha) In accordance with the custom of Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg (1215-1293), we do not wear Tallit and Tefillin Tuesday morning. Tisha B'Av Mincha services, Epstein Auditorium 7:45 pm (including Tallit and Tefillin) Maariv services, Epstein Auditorium, 8:35pm Following evening services, the fast concludes at 8:45 pm. Tisha B’Av, Judaism’s saddest day, recalls not only the destruction of both the First and Second Temples. Additionally, according to the Mishna (Taanit 4:6), the decree against entering the land of Israel after the sin of the scouts took place, as well as the fall of Betar. Throughout history, other calamities have befallen our people on this day as well: in 1290 King Edward I signed an edict compelling the Jews to leave England, the expulsion from Spain in 1492, and even the outbreak of World War I. Our rabbis have taught that sustaining an annual ethos of destruction,

כ״ז בתמוז ה׳תשע״ז (July 21, 2017)|Categories: archive, Events|