“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.

For more information on times or particular services, please call the Main Office at 617-277-9155, or email jen@congki.org.


KICKS Kabbalat Shabbat

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:

http://groups.google.com/group/kikabbalatshabbat

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=328611620204

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

Creating and sustaining community is the work of many hands.  Please let us know how you would like to be involved (wash dishes, be a greeter, join the davenning corps, give a d’var torah, bring kiddush, etc.) by clicking here.

Read what others are saying about KICKS:

Jewschool 3.04.2010
KICKS in the Jewish Advocate 4.14.2011

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Shabbat Morning Services

Sanctuary Service
Shabbat morning services are held in the Main Sanctuary, starting at 8:45 am.

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.

KI’s Siddur
Our service uses the new Sacks Siddur, which we feel offers a unique treasury of spiritual gifts.

Not since the publication of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Man’s Quest For G-d, in 1954, has Jewish liturgy been blessed with such an empathic and wise teacher.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s insights—historical, psychological, etymological, and theological—help forge an uncommon bond between worshiper and word. This Siddur beautifully reminds us, in both its traditional Hebrew text and its modern English translation and commentary, that words hold weight. They can stir hearts, awaken minds, and launch spirits.

We have adopted this Siddur, not because it represents a certain label or movement of Judaism or because it shares every one of our ideals, but rather because we believe that it brings Judaism to life in inspiring ways. Its voice helps us to dream and live in league with G-d. Rabbi Sacks not only brings uncommon clarity to the “whys” and “hows” of each prayer, we believe that his voice can also help lead us along the path described by Heschel: “On the way to the word, on its slopes and ridges, prayer matures—we purify ourselves into beings who pray.”

In our quest for a kindred phrase, may its pages become fountains that nourish and replenish our very beings.

Learner’s Minyan
A service for those who wish to become better acquainted with the structure and ritual of Shabbat worship.  Join us to unravel the structure, choreography, and meaning of the Shabbat morning service as we pray together.  Several 10-session courses are held throughout the year.

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Family Services

Cuddle Up Shabbat
This is a favorite time for families with toddlers to welcome Shabbat on Friday night.  Join us for song, strong, and blessings as we have the Bimah of KI’s Main Sanctuary all to ourselves!  Held second Fridays at 6pm and fourth Fridays at 5pm.

Nitzanim (birth – 5 with adult)
Celebrate Shabbat with songs, prayer, and movement in Novakoff Hall followed by the Children’s Kiddush with the congregation.  Every Shabbat morning at 10:45am.

Mini-Minyan (early readers)
Celebrate Shabbat with songs, stories, and prayer, in the 3rd floor classroom.  The service will be concluded with the congregation in the Main Sanctuary, followed by Kiddush.  Every Shabbat morning at 10:45am.

Junior Congregation (grades 3-7)
Celebrate Shabbat with prayers and discussion, using an age-appropriate participatory siddur.  Held in the chapel, the service concludes with the congregation in the Main Sanctuary, followed by Kiddush.  Every Shabbat morning at 10:45am.

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 Daily Minyan

At KI, we hold a minyan twice daily—rain or shine, snow or sleet.

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.

All services are held in our Rabb Chapel, except Sunday evening service. 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.

Please send us a message if you would like to be a service leader and/or a Torah reader, and we will contact you when we need someone to fill those positions.

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 Shabbat Mincha / Seudah Shlishit / Havdalah

Held in the Rabb Chapel, 25 minutes before candlelighting time.

This more intimate set of services as Shabbat comes to a close involve reflective tefillah (prayer), including Torah reading, and learning over a light meal around a table.

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