Community Events

Transforming Good People into Terrorists

– Presented by Itamar Marcus
– Tuesday, November 28 at 7:45 pm
– Reisman Hall at Temple Emanuel (385 Ward St. in Newton Centre)
– Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) will discuss PA messaging and terrorism
– Free event, but RSVP requested


Limmud Boston

Saturday Night Havdalah Concert

Saturday, December 2 at 6:00 pm
Light Up The Night with Julie Silver & Friends*
Ellen Allard • Sue Horowitz • Jeff Klepper • Dave Rothberg • Jeri Robins
Arnie Davidson • Anthony Russell • EJ Cohen • Mitch Gordon • more!

Limmud Boston Conference

Sunday, December 3, 9 am to 5:30 pm

Temple Reyim / Mayyim Hayyim Campus, 1860 Washington St, Newton

LimmudBoston is a one of a kind festival celebrating all of the richness that Jewish identity can offer. Limmud Boston is a volunteer-driven, independent, pan-denominational organization dedicated to the creation of engaging opportunities to experience and celebrate Jewish learning and culture.


Hadassah Northeast Women’s Advocacy Conference

– Sunday, December 3, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
– 231 Forest St. in Wellesley
Register by November 27

Moderated by Hank Phillippi Ryan, author and WHDH-TV investigative reporter. The keynote speaker is Deborah Goldberg, Massachusetts State Treasurer, who will speak on “The Voice of Women and Their Role in Massachusetts Politics.” There will be a panel discussion and breakout sessions with Leslie Alger, founder of Advocates for Israel, Connie Freeman, Hadassah National Advocacy Chair, Sheila Horvitz, Esq., a domestic violence advocation, and Rabbi Lila Kagedan, an Orthodox Rabbi and medical ethicist.


You Can’t Take It With You: A Gann Academy Production

– Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 pm
– Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 pm
– Bernice Krupp Black Box Theatre, Gann Academy, 333 Forest St. in Waltham
– Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children and students. Contact

Come see Kehillath Israel’s own Sarah Skolnick in this madcap comedy about an improbably happy family during the Great Depression. This Pulitzer-prize winning play finds the many members of the Sycamore family relentlessly following their bliss, when a series of expected and unexpected guests threaten turn contentedly eccentric lives to a less cheery reality. Join us for our production of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s masterfully crafted night of joyful escapism. This is theatre to make your cheeks hurt!

Shows are December 7 at 7:00 pm and December 9 at 7:30 pm at the Bernice Krupp Black Box Theatre, Gann Academy, 333 Forest Street, Waltham. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and students. For tickets, contact


Camp Yavneh Information Sessions

Virtual: Wednesday, December 20 at 7 PM
In-person: Thursday, December 7 at 7 PM in Brookline
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 to either event online.

Interested in learning more about Yavneh but can’t make an information session, send an email to or call 603.942.5593.


Temple Israel of Natick Presents: NAVA TEHILA in Concert

Sunday, December 10 at 7:00 pm

145 Hartford St, Natick, MA 01760

Nava Tehila – “Beautiful Praise” – is a Jerusalem-based ensemble that plays original and traditional Jewish music. Their music is rooted in Middle Eastern and Indian spiritual mantras as well as contemporary Israeli music. Nava Tehila is dedicated to reaching out to Jews of all affiliations and all walks of life in the U.S., Israel and Europe. Their spiritual leaders compose new music for prayer and train rabbis, cantors and students in the art of musical and innovative prayer.

Audience participation is highly encouraged!

Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door.
Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.
Please return the ticket reservation form available at


27th Annual Essay Contest for Grades 7 – 12

– By the Morris J. & Betty Kaplun Foundation
– Two levels: 7-9 grades and 10-12 grades, each with a first prize of $1,800 and $750 for each of the 5 finalists
– Entries must be received by Friday, March 2, 2018
– For full details, including prompts and submission guidelines, please see the foundation website

The Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation seeks to encourage young people to treasure our Jewish heritage, reflect on our Jewish values, and better understand our contribution to civilization and culture. This year’s essay prompts are:

  • Level 1 – Grades 7, 8 and 9: Of All the Good Deeds You Hope to Perform in the Future, Which One Will You Be Most Proud Of, Why, and How Will It Inspire You?
  • Level 2 – Grades 10, 11 and 12: Remembering the Holocaust: What Can You Do So We Never Forget and What Steps Can We Take So It Never Happens Again?


Winter/Spring 2018 Me’ah Select Classes

– Me’ah Select is presented by Hebrew College
– Classes Beginning January & February (Various Times & Locations)
– Topics range from “Jewish Gastronomy in America” to “The Passover Seder” and more
– For details on each class & to register visit the Hebrew College website

Me’ah Select: Literacy, Learning, Legacy: One topic, many perspectives

Jump into a particular theme, era, philosopher or text with a Me’ah Select class!  Targeted to adult learners of all backgrounds-whether you are seeking to take a first step or the next step in your Jewish journey.  Our talented faculty, known for their scholarship and dynamic approach to adult learning, bring their classes to life through the study of literature, history, art, and original texts and source material.

Me’ah Select classes meet for 10 or 12 sessions, depending on the length of the class, over the course of one semester.

We require a minimum of 15 students for any Me’ah Select class.  Tuition costs vary by class and site-please see the class registration forms for more details on costs. Please contact our office to have a confidential conversation about financial aid, we are delighted to offer aid for all of our classes. 


Mission to Vilnius, Kaunas, Warsaw, and Krakow

– With the Vilna Shul
– June 17-26, 2018
Visit their website for details

Join the Vilna for an uplifting community and culture mission to Eastern Europe!

Highlights include:

  • Intimate group size
  • Access to scholar-in-residence throughout the mission, Jacek Nowakowski, Senior Curator, National Institute for Holocaust Documentation
  • Explore the historic “Jerusalem of Lithuania” – Vilnius – with a side visit to the Old City of Kaunas
  • A visit to Warsaw’s new POLIN Jewish museum
  • Krakow’s annual Jewish Culture Festival
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