Shabbat Services

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“A scientific theory, once it is announced and accepted, does not have to be repeated twice a day. The insights of wonder must be constantly kept alive. Since there is a need for daily wonder, there is a need for daily worship.”
— Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Shabbat Morning Services

candleWhoever you are and whatever your background, you can find meaning, tradition, and community in our congregation. Religious services are at the heart of our activities and are designed to be participatory.

Full, traditional egalitarian services that integrate tefillah (prayer) and torah (learning), communal singing and quiet reflection, are led by KI’s clergy and members of the congregation.  Pesukei DeZimra (the preliminary service of quietly chanted or sung psalms) begins at 8:45.  Shacharit (the main body of the morning service) begins around 9:15, and Torah reading begins around 10.  A sermon bringing the weekly portion into dialogue with personal and philosophical questions and current events, delivered by one of KI’s rabbis or a guest teacher, begins around 10:45 and is followed by Musaf, the conclusion of the service.  Children gather on the bimah with the rabbis for Adon Olam, a closing prayer, about 11:45.  Click here for more details.

Family Services

nitzanimNitzanim (birth – 5 with adult)

  • 10:45 am
    Room 3. (Use Williams St. Entrance.)
    Led by Shirah Rubin, Director of Congregational Learning.

Celebrate Shabbat with songs, prayer, and movement! Please remember that nuts should NOT be brought into Nitzanim and KI has a strict KOSHER food policy. An adult is required to attend with children at this service.

 

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Mini-Minyan (pre-K, K, and grade 1)

  • Mini-Minyan (pre-K, K, and Grade 1)
    Room 5. At 10:30 am (Use Williams St. Entrance.)
    Led by Rabbi Ben Houben.

Celebrate Shabbat with prayers and discussion, using an age-appropriate participatory siddur. We conclude the service with the congregation in Epstein Hall. Parents are welcome to join their kids for youth services.

 

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Junior Congregation (grades 3-7)

  • Jr. Congregation (Grades 2-6)
    Room 2. At 10:30 am (Use Williams St. Entrance.)
    Led by Sari Fein.

Celebrate Shabbat with prayers and discussion, using an age-appropriate participatory siddur. We conclude the service with the congregation in Epstein Hall. Parents are welcome to join their kids for youth services.

KICKS Kabbalat Shabbat

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KICKS (KI Community Kabbalat Shabbat) is a warm community of spiritually-engaged Jews that strives to create soulful, energetic Friday night t’filah and nourishing, inclusive communal activities. We cultivate a traditional-egalitarian davening atmosphere that is committed to powerful prayer experience, within the broader communal fabric of Jewish learning and socializing in Brookline and Boston. We welcome new faces and seasoned ones, and encourage everyone to join us in taking responsibility for the group experience.

KICKS meets every Friday in the KI chapel.  Learn More & Join Us!

Join the once-weekly email list and the Facebook group for updates on dinners and other communal activities and to connect with other folks in the community:

Please email KIKabbalatShabbat@gmail.com with your questions, comments, and suggestions.