Prayer at KI

During this time of COVID, we are not holding on-site services.  Please check our home page for links to zoom services.

“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

Whoever 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.

Shabbat Morning Service

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

Nitzanim

Birth to age 4

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.

Mini-Minyan

Pre-K, K, and Grade 1

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.

Junior Congregation

Grades 3-7

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.

Daily Minyan

At KI, we hold a minyan twice daily—rain or shine, snow or sleet.  It is the only daily egalitarian minyan in Brookline and a benchmark of our community.

The Daily Minyan provides a meaningful community for those who are saying Kaddish, but it is much more. The minyan is a recognition of our concern for the community, since our collective presence is necessary to sustain the value of tefillah b’tzibbur, communal prayer.

Morning services are at 7:00 a.m, Monday through Friday, and at 8:00 a.m. on Sundays. Evening services are at 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Service times may be confirmed on the front page of our website. (Under “Weekly Services.”) They may be adjusted during holidays.

Daily minyan is held in the Chapel. Sunday evening service is held at 100 Centre Street Community Room.

Whether saying Kaddish, nourishing the prayerful spirit, or sharing company with our ‘community of prayer’, all are welcome.