Upcoming KI Programs

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Service Times

Daily Minyan

  • Sundays, 8:00 am in the Library & 7:00 pm at 100 Centre St.
  • Mondays – Thursdays, 7:00 am & 7:00 pm in the Library
  • Fridays, 7:00 am in the Library

Daily minyan is open to all.

Times may change due to holidays.

Friday, February 9

  • Candlelighting: 4:51 pm
  • Mincha: 4:56 pm
  • Ma’ariv/KI Community Kabbalat Shabbat (KICKS): 5:15 pm

Mincha, Ma’ariv, and KI Community Kabbalat Shabbat (KICKS) meet in the Library. All are welcome!

Saturday, February 10

  • Shacharit: 8:45 am
  • Drop-off babysitting for ages 3 months to 4 years: 9:15 am – 12:00 noon, Room #6
  • Pre-Tefila drop-off educational activities ages 5-6: 9:45 – 10:30 am, Room #5
  • Pre-Tefila drop-off educational activities ages 8-12: 9:45 – 10:30 am, Room #2
  • Mini-Minyan (ages 5-7): 10:30 am in Room #5
  • Jr. Congregation (ages 8-12): 10:30 am in Room #2
  • Nitzanim (ages 0-4): 10:45 am, Room #4
  • Mincha: 4:31 pm
  • Ma’ariv/Havdallah: 5:51 pm

Click here for further details on family services, or see the youth calendar.

Special Announcements

KI Gala 2018

Sunday, March 11 at 6:30 pm in Epstein
Purchase your tickets now!

In the first year of our new century, as we prepare to move into our new and updated home, we are thankful for the strong and secure foundation we have built through the past decades.  As we revitalize KI physically, we want to celebrate the true foundation of our shul—our community, and our volunteers, who step up every week and every holiday, and have for the past 10 decades.  So this year we’re making the Gala festive with memories from the past decades—send in photos of your family events at KI to add to the decorations, or dress up from one of our past decades for the party!

There will be a special raffle this year, offering two Apple items.  Our silent auction, with all of our favorite sports packages and vacation homes, will be hosted both online and during the event.  We will be displaying a state-of-the-art screen projection in Epstein, with a photo montage and digital video ads this year, instead of a program book.  This is also a wonderful opportunity to recognize any KI volunteer who enhances our community for a special honor; use a digital ad to tell us why they empower our community, and personalize your experience.

KI/CMT Refugee Welcome Project

Congregation Kehillath Israel and Congregation Mishkan Tefila are pleased to announce the launch of the KI/CMT Refugee Welcome Project.  In partnership with Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, KI and CMT will be sponsoring the resettlement of two refugees in our community.  They are two young men in their early 20’s who are English speakers.  They will be arriving in a few weeks.  KI and CMT will assist in securing and furnishing an apartment for our adopted newcomers.  We would also like to provide them with other personal items and services as they get established.

To that end, we are proud to establish the “KI/CMT Refugee Welcome Fund.”  Contributions may be made online at congki.org/donations or via check made maybe to KI.  Please understand that anonymity adds respect for those impacted by our efforts.  Thank you for your support of this important initiative.  Questions? Contact socialaction@congki.org.


For full details on services, mishloach manot, our evening party and our Sunday kids’ carnival, please see our Purim page!

Mishloach Manot orders are due by Friday, February 16.

Volunteers are needed on Wednesday February 21, Sunday February 25, and Wednesday February 28. Teen volunteers are requested on Sunday March 4.

Children’s Purim Puppet Show With Washington Square Minyan

Wednesday, February 26 in the Library
5:00 pm puppet show
5:20 pm pizza dinner & hamentaschen – 
Please register

Join Washington Square Minyan for a children’s Purim puppet show. After, there will be pizza and hamentaschen. Please register online if you plan to stay and eat!

Purim Evening Services

Wednesday, February 28 in Epstein Auditorium

  • Mincha at 5:45 pm
  • Ma’ariv at 6:00 pm
  • Megillah reading at 6:10 pm

Campus-Wide Purim Party

Wednesday, February 28
After the Megillah reading

Stay after the Megillah reading for a campus-wide Purim Party! Featuring: food & live music, an all-ages costume contest, Israeli dancing, and a Purim Shpiel from Center Makor. The campus-wide Purim Party is co-sponsored by Congregation Kehillath Israel, Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Center Makor, and Minyan Shaleym.

Purim Morning Service

Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 am in Epstein Auditorium

Join us for a traditional Purim service and complete Megillah reading.


Avraham Infeld Guest Speaker

Saturday, February 10
During Shabbat morning services
Shacharit begins at 8:45 am

Our special guest speaker will be Avraham Infeld on February 10 during Shabbat morning services.

He is the former International President of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, and a leading voice for Jewish peoplehood.

Teen Inclusion Event: Pizza & Parsha

Tuesday, February 13 at Cafe Eilat
7:00 – 8:00 pm

All are welcome to this free event! Come enjoy pizza with some parsha! Fun activities. We will join Yachad New England, part of the National Jewish Council for Disabilities. RSVP to michal@congki.org.

Teens’ Sweet Lechaim

Saturday, February 17
11:00-11:30 am at 384 Harvard Street

Join us for treats and intellectual conversation about the parasha. All teens are welcome – bring your friends!

Shabbat and Chill with 384@KI, a 20s & 30s Group

Saturday, February 17
8:45 am – 12 pm Shabbat services in Epstein
Followed by Kiddush & board games

Join us for Shabbat morning services, a kiddush lunch, and board games. Learn more about 384@KI at their website.

Anti-Semitism Then and Now:
The Origins of its Rapport with Zionism

Saturday, February, 24
Hay Badra is a founder of the dynamic Israeli movement of urban educational Kibbutzim known as Dror Israel. He has done original research on the impact of the Dreyfus Affair on modern European anti-Semitism and proto-Zionism. He is currently earning his Masters at the Kennedy School of Government. 

Shabbat Kiddush Learning:
Siddur Meaning-Making

With Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen

Saturday, February 24 at 12:30 pm in Epstein
Following Shabbatot: March 10, April 7, May 19
How do we understand the prayers of our tradition? How might they be relevant to concerns of today? In this class, we will dive into the language of our liturgy, searching for meaning and spiritual connection to the words of past generations.

Save the Date: Special Guest Teacher 

Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3
Judy Klitsner, a senior lecturer at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, will be joining us from Jerusalem. Mark your calendars. More details to come. See her biography at her website.

Teen Beit Midrash
With Rabbi Becky Silverstein

Tuesday, March 13
5:45  – 8:45 pm in the Library
Teen Beit Midrash is a weekly program that meets on Tuesdays from 6:00-8:30 pm (usually at Harvard Hillel). Our students gather for dinner and intensive Talmud Study. Our current cohort has many different backgrounds in Jewish study and Hebrew knowledge. Questions? Email teenbeitmidrash@gmail.com.

Teen Beit Midrash is led by KI’s former rabbinic intern, Rabbi Becky Silverstein! He was with KI in 2012-2014 and is now Jewish Spiritual Advisor at Northeastern University and Program Manager for the Boston Teen Beit Midrash, after working in California for two years.

Kehillath Israel Nursery School (KINS)
ENROLL NOW FOR 2018-2019

Our preschool proudly provides children with the opportunity to play and learn in a nurturing and caring environment. We offer toddler, preschool and transitional kindergarten programs designed to encourage social and emotional development while focusing on each child’s unique interests and needs.

Applications are now being accepted for the September 2018-2019 school year. Programming options available 8am-6pm, with vacation and summer opportunities.

For questions, enrollment materials, and/or to schedule a tour, please contact Valerie in the KI Preschool Office at: 617-731-9006, or email: preschool@congki.org. You can also go to www.kins.congki.org for admissions/enrollment materials.

We look forward to hearing from you!
We are a NAEYC accredited school. 

Ongoing Programs

Hebrew Play FREE DEMO on February 6!

Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:15 am in the Library
DEMO SESSION: Tuesday, February 6
RSVP for the free demo class here

Second chance for a free demo! Meet other parents for a fun and educational community play group. Each class builds interaction between parent and child through songs, dance, stories and games – all in Hebrew! We will create a fun space for you and your child. We will meet with more parents and experience together activities related to the seasons, holidays and events throughout the Hebrew calendar.​ Classes are for walkers to children 3.5 years old. Click here for the full schedule or to register.

Advanced Talmud

Topic: Maimonides Discussion of the Afterlife in Judaism

Thursdays, 11:00 am in the Library
This is an on-going class taught by Rabbi Joseph Schultz. New participants are welcome. If you would like to receive email class updates, please contact the main office at mainoffice@congki.org or 617-277-9155.

DävenDasz with 384@KI, a 20s & 30s group

Every Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Library
384@KI is KI’s 20s & 30s group. Every Thursday, join together to help make a minyan at 7:00 pm services. Afterwards, they’ll all go out for a snack or light dinner as a group. Want more information about 384@KI? Check out their website.

Shabbat Talmud Study Group

Our weekly Talmud study sessions meet Shabbat afternoons whenever two or more sign up to attend.  No knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic needed.  Beginners welcome.  Advanced learners also welcome.  Contact the office at mainoffice@congki.org to be put in touch with Bruce Weinstock for information.