Executive Director Job Posting

Congregation Kehillath Israel is seeking a dynamic and innovative Executive Director (“ED”) who will build on the successes of the past while positioning KI as a congregation of the future. Check here for the full job listing.

January 13th, 2020|Categories: news|

News from KI: June 5, 2019 | 2 Sivan, 5779

June 5, 2019 | 2 Sivan, 5779 Regular Daily Minyan Shacharit: Monday - Friday 7:00 am in the Chapel *There is no morning minyan on Monday, June 10. Please see the Shavuot service schedule below.                    Sunday 8:00 am in the Chapel *There is no morning minyan on Sunday, June 9. Please see the Shavuot service schedule below. Mincha/Ma'ariv: Monday - Thursday 7:00 pm in the Chapel                               Sunday 7:00 pm 100 Centre Street *Please see the Shavuot schedule below for Mincha/Ma'ariv on Sunday, June 9, at 384 Harvard Street.Kabbalat Shabbat Friday, June 7 Candle lighting: 8:00 pm Mincha/KI Community Kabbalat Shabbat (KICKS)/Ma'ariv: 6:00 pm in the Chapel Shabbat - Saturday, June 8 Shacharit: 8:45 am in the Sanctuary Nitzanim (ages 0-4): 10:30 am in G-11 Mini-Minyan (ages 5-7): 10:45 am in G-7 Minyan Atid (ages 8-12): 10:30 am in M-8 Transformative Torah: 11:00 am in the Library Mincha: 7:45 pm in the Chapel followed by Seudah Shlishit Ma'ariv: 8:45 pm followed by Havdalah at 9:00 pm in the Chapel Shavuot, Sunday, June 9 - Monday, June 10 Sunday Sunrise service, outdoors at 384 Harvard Street, 4:15 am Shacharit, in the Sanctuary, 8:45 am Mincha/Ma'ariv, in the Chapel, 7:45 pm Monday Shacharit, in the Sanctuary, 8:45 am Mincha/Ma'ariv, in the Chapel, 7:45 pm Havdalah, in the Chapel, 9:02 pm Kiddush on Saturday is sponsored by Melody Dorfman, in honor of the naming of her granddaughter. Kiddush is also co-sponsored by the families of our High School Graduates! ********* Kiddush on Sunday is sponsored by Andria & Eric Weil, in honor of their son, Asher, becoming a Bar Mitzvah. Mazal Tov, Asher! The congregants of Kehillath Israel and Mishkan Tefila are invited to sanctify Shabbat with Kiddush after services, in

June 6th, 2019|Categories: news, Weekly News|

News from KI: May 29, 2019 | 24 Iyyar, 5779

May 29, 2019 | 24 Iyyar, 5779 Regular Daily Minyan Shacharit: Monday - Friday 7:00 am in the Chapel                    Sunday 8:00 am in the Chapel Mincha/Ma'ariv: Monday - Thursday 7:00 pm in the Chapel                               Sunday 7:00 pm 100 Centre Street Kabbalat Shabbat Friday, May 31 Candle lighting: 7:56 pm Mincha/KI Community Kabbalat Shabbat (KICKS)/Ma'ariv: 6:00 pm in the Chapel Shabbat - Saturday, June 1 Shacharit: 8:45 am in the Sanctuary Nitzanim (ages 0-4): 10:30 am in G-11 Mini-Minyan (ages 5-7): 10:45 am in G-7 Minyan Atid (ages 8-12): 10:30 am in M-8 Transformative Torah: 11:00 am in the Library Mincha: 7:41 pm in the Chapel followed by Seudah Shlishit Ma'ariv: 8:41 pm followed by Havdalah at 8:56 pm in the Chapel Kiddush is sponsored by Geraldine & Gabriel Sunshine in honor of their son David being called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah! Mazal Tov David! The congregants of Kehillath Israel and Mishkan Tefila are invited to sanctify Shabbat with Kiddush after services, in the Social Hall. Please be sure to join us next week for kiddush on June 8th, when we'll honor our high school graduates! Contact the office if you're interested in cosponsoring! 617-277-9155 or mainoffice@congki.org Greeters needed for Shabbat morning! Please sign up online!

May 22nd, 2019|Categories: news, newsletter|

President’s Letter May 2019: Preparing to hand over the reins

I will be completing my four-year tenure as President next month and stepping down from the board, so this letter is my second-to-last. I encourage you to join me for the KI annual meeting on June 18th at 7:30 pm, when we will review progress from fiscal year 2019 and vote in a new board of trustees. I’m proud of the work we have done as a board to strengthen our governance and attract dedicated, capable people and am confident you will be impressed with the slate of candidates up for election and re-election. If you would like to be considered or to nominate someone, feel free to contact Scott Plotkin, VP Leadership leadership@congki.org. Gordon Bennett has stepped up to run for President of KI, and I wholeheartedly support him as my successor. Gordon and I met several years ago as Solomon Schechter dads, and really got to know one another in the adult bnei mitzvah course we took together at KI. We joined the board together six years ago and he and I have worked closely since then in his role as Treasurer. Gordon has a particular interest in expanding KI’s cultural offerings. His financial acumen will be very helpful as well as KI navigates the next few years with a mortgage on the new building. Speaking of culture, there are a number of exciting initiatives underway. REVIVAL, a Jewish spiritual folk rock group engaged us in the social hall at the end of Passover, bringing their themes of compassion, dignity, love and justice. In addition to the crowd in the room, we reached another 100 people on line with a live stream of the concert on Facebook. Thanks to Charlie Radin for organizing!

May 3rd, 2019|Categories: archive, news, President's Letters|Tags: |

News from KI: May 1, 2019 | 26 Nisan, 5779

May 1, 2019 | 26 Nisan, 5779 Regular Daily Minyan Shacharit: Monday - Thursday 7:00 am in the Chapel Mincha/Ma'ariv: Monday - Thursday 7:00 pm in the Chapel Kabbalat Shabbat Friday, May 3 Candle lighting: 7:28 pm Mincha/KI Community Kabbalat Shabbat (KICKS)/Ma'ariv: 6:00 pm in the Chapel Shabbat - Saturday, May 4 Shacharit: 8:45 am in the Sanctuary Nitzanim (ages 0-4): 10:30 am in G-11 Mini-Minyan (ages 5-7): 10:45 am in G-7 Minyan Atid (ages 8-12): 10:30 am in the Library Mincha: 7:13 pm in the Chapel followed by Seudah Shlishit Ma'ariv: 8:13 pm followed by Havdalah at 8:28 pm in the Chapel Seth Korn will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah. Mazal tov, Seth! Kiddush is sponsored by Lauren & Jerald Korn, in honor of Seth becoming a Bar Mitzvah. ********************* The congregants of Kehillath Israel & Mishkan Tefila are invited to sanctify Shabbat with Kiddush after services. Greeters needed for Shabbat morning! Please sign up online! Volunteers needed to help move sacred texts out of the Epstein building! If you are willing and able, please call the main office at 617-277-9155 to let us know you'll be joining us! We'll be working this Thursday, May 2, from 12:30 pm until about 3:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you then! Annual Holocaust Havdalah Observance This Saturday, May 4, from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm, in the Chapel All are welcome to join us as we honor the memories of the 6 million. Did you love Shabbat Morning 101?  Are you eager for more opportunities to learn in community with others? Sign up now for our next Shabbat Morning learning series: Transformative Torah! Join Weekday Minyan Attendance at daily minyan is not only a gift to yourself of time to reflect spiritually, connect with community, and pause in your busy

May 1st, 2019|Categories: news, Weekly News|

A note from Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen…

The tradition of celebrating two Passover seders offers those of us living in the Diaspora a unique opportunity to look at its story through two different lenses.  Perhaps the makeup of the guests sitting around your table will shift from one night to the next, offering new perspectives and questions on the same content and themes discussed the night prior.  Or, perhaps, you will take the double seder as a chance to intentionally focus on two specific ways in which Passover calls to us: individually and globally, introspectively and proactively, spiritually and tangibly. Rabbi Hamilton’s beautiful companion to the seder offers power quotations accompanying each step of it, meant to prompt deep spiritual and introspective conversations around the Passover table.  You are encouraged to use this as a way of entering into the story of our people through honest and profound reflections about who you are, who you are becoming, and how this journey has shaped you. After looking inward, our tradition and the story of Passover call us to turn outward.  Our journey of liberation demands our responsibility in the liberation of others.  Many Jewish organizations have put together seder companions focusing on specific topics of justice yet to be realized in our world: poverty, environmental degradation, racism, LGBTQ oppression, refugee insecurity, sexual violence, and so much more.  If a particular topic speaks to you, I encourage you to find materials and questions to bring to your seder table that will ignite meaningful discussions and calls to action. This year, I am most struck by our Exodus story’s focus on slavery, urging us to remember that we were once slaves.  It’s easy for us to think about this metaphorically: To what are we still

April 18th, 2019|Categories: Featured, news, Pesach 5779, Welcome|

Pesah Guide 5779

KI Passover Guide 5779   “Observe the month of Aviv, … for it was in the month of Aviv, at night, that God freed you from Egypt (mitzrayim). ...You shall not eat anything leavened; for seven days eat matzah, the bread of affliction – for you departed from the land of Egypt in a hurry – so that you may remember the day of your departure from the land of Egypt as long as you live.”  (Deuteronomy 16).   This guide to the customs of the holiday invites us into a meaningful experience of leaving mitzrayim, (the narrow places).  In addition to this practical guide, please enjoy a rich array of materials and resources located at the KI web site in what we’re calling the Pesah Cloud.   Preparation for Pesah: Getting Rid of Hametz We prepare for Pesah by eliminating hametz from our homes, cars, desks, and anywhere we might spend time over the holiday.  We render our surroundings completely hametz-free, sealing off and selling any items that remain in our dwellings, but may not remain in our possession.  You may sell your hametz online here until April 19 at 9:15 am.   Bedikat Hametz (Searching for Hametz) Thursday evening, April 18 After cleaning out and selling our hametz, we do bedikat hametz (the ritual search for small pieces of leavened food) at home at nightfall.  Place 10 morsels of hametz around a room.  Search for and collect them using a candle, a wooden spoon, and a feather.  Before beginning the search, recite the blessing al biyur hametz. After the search is completed – with the sack of hametz carefully set aside for burning in the morning – recite a declaration nullifying any remaining

April 18th, 2019|Categories: Featured, news, Pesach 5779, Welcome|Tags: , |

President’s Letter April 2019: Oh, what a night!

The first KI Gala in our beautiful new space was well worth the wait! Fabulous friends, food and festivities greeted the 200+ attendees. Everyone was in a great mood including the band, Amber Eyes, which fed off the energy of the room and really rose to the occasion. Honorees Marc Plonskier, Josh Friedman and Jason Skolnick thanked all involved for the success of the KI Next effort and looked ahead to a bright future. Thanks to our generous sponsors and bidders the gala was a financial success as well, contributing more than $50,000 toward KI’s annual budget. Check out the digital tribute book and celebratory video. Our teen team, including coordinator Rayna Levinson, Rabbinic Intern Matt Goldberg, and Ramah Fellow Emily Farbman have laid out an impressive calendar of events for the spring. My youngest teen, Eli enjoyed the Captain Marvel movie matinee and my son, Seth had a great time at the 9th and 10th grade Mystery Shabbat dinner. Near-term highlights include Teen Kiddush & Cards on April 6, Good Deeds Day on April 7th, Ramah Minyan Atid on the 13th and the Mega Passover Dessert Seder on the 14th. Contact Rayna teencoordinator@congki.org  to learn more. Rayna Levinson, Teen Coordinator The teens have plenty to do, but don’t worry, we have activities for adults as well! Please join us this Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 pm when we partner with Congregation Mishkan Tefila and Gordon’s Fine Wines to offer a Passover wine tasting and sale. There will be a great array of delicious beverages to sample and people to meet. If you can’t make it, you can still place an order using this form. Wine will be ready for pickup at KI or at member homes

April 1st, 2019|Categories: archive, news, President's Letters|Tags: |

Passover Wine Tasting

Congregation Mishkan Tefila & Congregation Kehillath Israel invite you to a wine tasting & sale provided by Gordon’s Fine Wines! Taste a variety of exquisite kosher wines that will enhance your Passover experience! All Are Welcome! All orders placed will be available for pick up on Sunday April 14th. If you can't make it in, you can order wine through CMT.  Download this form, fill it out, scan, and email here.

April 1st, 2019|Categories: news|

President’s Letter March 2019: Gala time!

Each month I write a letter to the congregation, providing members with my perspective on what is happening at KI and inviting feedback and discussion. Earlier editions are available on the President’s letters page. As always, please let me know what you think –and what you’d like me to write about—by emailing president@congki.org or calling (617) 731-3182. I’m getting excited for the KI Gala on March 23, the first to be held in our beautiful new building. Come for the live music, cocktails, dinner, dessert, dancing and silent auction. We’ll celebrate just how far we’ve come as a community and honor the leaders who have made it possible. My wife, Nyna and I are co-sponsoring the Gala and I encourage you to do the same. This week is the time to purchase tickets, sponsorships and digital ads. The hottest ticket at KI this winter has been Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen’s Shabbat Morning 101, a six-session series to unravel the structure, choreography and meaning of the prayers. Class began Saturday, February 9 with an overflow crowd of more than 40 people of all ages and backgrounds, and has continued with great success over the past month, with participants joining the rest of the congregation for Kiddush at the end of the hour-long session. Rabbi Bonney-Cohen has been posting a video recap of each class, so even if you’ve missed the first classes you can still catch up. Register here to join: https://congki.shulcloud.com/form/Shabbat101 The final classes are this Saturday, March 8 at 11 am and Saturday March 15 at 10:30 am.   Why is the last Shabbat 101 session starting at 10:30 am you may wonder? Well, it’s so class participants can join in the sanctuary at 11:30

March 15th, 2019|Categories: archive, news, President's Letters|Tags: |