Regular Daily Minyan
Tuesday – Friday: 
7:00 am in the Chapel
Sunday: 8:00 am in the Chapel
Sunday – Thursday:
 7:00 pm in the Chapel

Monday, February 17, President’s Day
Shacharit: 8:00 am in the Chapel

Kabbalat Shabbat – Friday, February 14
Candle lighting: 4:57 pm
Mincha: 5:02 pm
KI Community Kabbalat Shabbat (KICKS) followed by Ma’ariv: 5:15 pm in the Chapel

Shabbat – Saturday, February 15
Shacharit: 8:45 am in the Sanctuary
Mincha: 4:42 pm in the Chapel, followed by Seudah Shleshit
Ma’ariv: 5:42 pm in the Chapel, followed by Havdalah: 5:57 pm

Youth services
Nitzanim (ages 0-4): 10:45 am, in G-7
Mini Minyan (ages 5-7): 10:30 am, in G-11
Minyan Atid (ages 8-12): 10:30 am, in M-8 A
Sensory Calming Room: 9:00 am in M-8 B

As part of our ongoing efforts to make our campus community safer, more secure, and more welcoming, the 384 Campus Shomrim team will be operating on Shabbat morning, February 15.  Community members and guests can expect to be greeted outside the building by trained and equipped volunteers prior to entering our facility.  If you have any questions or are interested in joining the team, please contact Jonathan Slutzman.

Office volunteers are wanted for an organizational project!
The main office is in the process of reorganizing records and information in our archives. A series of index sized cards need to be properly sorted, alphabetized, and placed into boxes for storage. If you are interested in helping us, please call or email the office to let us know at 617-277-9155 or We look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming KI Events

Saturday, February 15, 4:15 pm, in the Chapel
Join Rabbi Hamilton this Shabbat as he resumes his tasteBook series in 2020, for a introduction to and a discussion about The People & The Books by Adam Kirsch.


On Purim Day, Yad Chessed partners with synagogues, minyanim, colleges, and day schools across New England to collect and distribute matanot l’evyonim (gifts to the poor) to over 1200 Jewish individuals in need.

The special mitzvah of matanot l’evyonim requires Jewish people of all ages to give more than customary tzedakah to at least two people in need on the day of Purim. It also instructs Jews to give to anyone who asks, without evaluating that person’s level of need.

Congregation Kehillath Israel will collect funds for this purpose at our Megillah reading on Wednesday, March 9.  To participate:

  • Bring your check payable to Yad Chessed (include Congregation Kehillath Israel in the memo) with you on Purim night
  • Drop it off in advance at Congregation Kehillath Israel’s main office
  • Donate online at and indicate that your Synagogue affiliation is Congregation Kehillath Israel

We will tally the collection and inform Yad Chessed of the amount on Purim morning so that they can distribute the grocery store gift cards. This year help us offer a hand of loving kindness to those in need on Purim.

It was brought to our attention that there were some inaccuracies in our recent Purim mailing. We apologize for any confusion this might have caused! The corrected 2020 KI Membership listing information is available here, and the order form appears below for your convenience.

Should you have any questions or wish to order your Mishloach Manot through email or over the phone, please feel free to contact the office staff at or (617) 277-9155.

Save the Dates!

March 13-14
Scholar-In-Residence Shabbat with Arnold Eisen,
Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary
Join us for Shabbat Dinner and Shabbat morning learning with Chancellor Eisen!

Arnold M. Eisen, one of the foremost authorities on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary. Since taking office in 2007, Chancellor Eisen has transformed the education of religious, pedagogical, professional, and lay leaders for North American Jewry, with a focus on graduating highly skilled, innovative leaders who bring Judaism alive in ways that speak powerfully to Jews at a time of rapid and far-reaching change.

Under the chancellor’s leadership, JTS undertook a major project to re-imagine its Morningside Heights campus. The new campus is designed as an innovative hub for Jewish learning and living that will educate future leaders to inspire the Jewish world.

Chancellor Eisen has strengthened Jewish learning in our communities through initiatives including increased digitization of JTS Library treasures, the opportunity to learn with JTS scholars through in-person and online courses, and a rich menu of commentaries, videos, and podcasts at JTS Torah Online.

March 20-21

March 28

Click here for more information & to join the host committee!

Advanced Talmud: Afterlife Views in
Modern & Contemporary Judaism


Next class: Thursday, February 20th at 11:00 am in the Chapel
The popular class taught by Rabbi Joseph Schultz is going strong! New participants are warmly welcome and encouraged to attend! If you would like to receive emailed class updates, please email the main office. We look forward to seeing you!

We only have 8 cases left – donate to the annual appeal today!
Several folks have not yet returned Stuart Rose’ emails or phone calls.
Don’t let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity slip by!

Past Divrei Torah here.
Weren’t able to join us on Shabbat? Did you miss a Campus Event?
Listen now or read the transcript & take a look at past divrei torah, too!
Good news! You don’t have to totally miss out, even though we missed you!

KI’s Chesed Meal Train is a lay-led service, organized by our member Eliza Katz, which provides meals for our community members.  If you would like to participate in the Chesed Meal Train by providing meals for members in need or new families, please let Eliza  know! If you are expecting (or know someone expecting);  know anyone who is sick; or in mourning; or has a need to receive meals, please e-mail Eliza Katz.

Having a baby is a huge deal and turns your world upside down– in the best way! We know that the time after baby arrives is a whirlwind of cuddles, sleepless nights, endless diapers, and everything in between. Let us take one thing off your plate and provide meals, so you don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner. If you would like to receive meals or more info, please e-mail Eliza Katz. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Hakarat HaTov
With Gratitude to Our Community Member
We are grateful for our community’s commitment to supporting each other. Our volunteers help strengthen our community in ways that make a big difference!
KI Next
The Radin Family
-in honor of Zachary Ditkoff’s Bar Mitzvah
Lisa Rosenbaum & Ronald Fisher

Rabbi Hamilton’s Discretionary Fund
Carol Sterling

Tzedakah Fund
Bruce Edison
-in memory of Helen Quint
Susan Miller
-in memory of Helen Quint
Stacy Orloff
-in memory of Helen Quint
Odette Rosenfield & Michael Rosenfield
-in memory of Helen Quint
Rhoda & Ronnie Sarver
-in memory of Helen Quint
Gerald Solomon
Richard Weinstein

-in memory of Helen Quint
Wendy Zlotlow
-in memory of Helen Quint

Marissa & Jason Freed

Automatic Door Fund
Stephanie Berkowitz
-in memory of Helen Quint
Benjamin & Gabriel Sigel

KI Next
Carole & David Decter
-wishing Connie & Marty Rabinovitz a refuah shlemah
Carole & David Decter
-in honor of Ezra Liebowitz’s Bar Mitzvah and in gratitude for the blessings of the Liebowitz Family

General Fund
Ellen Cohen
-in honor of Sandra Mazur’s birthday
Ellen Cohen
-in honor of Rabbi Hamilton’s honorary Doctorate from JTS
Morry & Rachel Safer
-in honor of Zachary Ditkoff’s Bar Mitzvah
Richard Weinstein
-in honor of Zachary Ditkoff’s Bar Mitzvah

Yahrzeit Fund
Helaine Meyers
-in memory of Fannie Meyers
The Radin Family
-in memory of Minette Radin Kochman
Rosalind Sargon
-in memory of Dorothy Sargon

Renewing Our Commitment to Family Table
Thank you to all who have already joined in renewing our commitment to helping those in need!  Family Table provides kosher food, creates a caring Jewish connection, and empowers people to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives. A Google Sheet has been created to help KI meet or exceed its commitment to provide 15 cans of salmon and 15 boxes of whole grain crackers to Family Table every month.  Please consider sponsoring a month to celebrate a simcha or to commemorate a yahrzeit.
We also welcome everyone to help us provide Family Table with 80 bags of food in 5780!
The Family Table drop-off box is located outside the KI Office, or you may now donate the cost of food items to KI’s “Family Table” fund.
Contact us at with any questions.  Your good deeds will help those who are striving to provide a healthy diet for their families. Thank you for helping us meet our commitment to them.

KI’s lost & found is in the ground floor coat room
If you’ve lost something at shul please take a look!
Unclaimed items will be donated during the first week of each month.

BaseBSTN: A Project of KI  (KI’s 20s/30s group)

Congregation Kehilath Israel (KI) is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with the Base Movement. We’ve just signed a memorandum of understanding to launch Base BSTN as a full-time project of KI, Base’s first synagogue partnership. The Base Movement began in 2015 as a home-centered Jewish engagement model, aiming to build vibrant, pluralistic hubs of young Jewish life beyond the college campus. Base has nine locations around the United States and in Berlin, Germany, and to date, has reached over 20,000 young Jews in meaningful Jewish life, learning, and service.
Led by KI’s Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen and her husband, Matt, Base BSTN becomes the new 20s/30s arm of KI, built on the pillars of the Base Movement: home hospitality, text-based learning, and community service. A partnership between KI and Base builds on Base’s proven strength of bringing people into Jewish life while offering an on-ramp to KI’s robust Jewish community that will serve their evolving needs as they move through various life stages.
There will be an opportunity to learn more about Base BSTN at an informational salon (date & details forthcoming). To read more about Base BSTN and to show your support of its work at KI, visit the website below.

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with the swipe of a finger?

Follow @RabbiEBC on Instagram for Insta-Story Text Studies, reflections about Jewish life & practice, and information about upcoming events at KI!

Second Shabbat (next date: March 14)

There are a lot of you who are involved regularly at KI, but you may not know each other if you come at different times. If you can’t come to Shabbat services every week, why not come on a week when a bunch of others in their 20s/30s will also be there? We’re extending a special invitation for you to come (and bring friends!) on the second Shabbat morning of every month. Whether you come for services, or just come for a free lunch at noon, we hope you’ll join us!  We’ll have special tables reserved for 384@KI folks to sit together during kiddush, as well as board games around for folks to hang out into the afternoon.

Ten Tuesdays, starting in March
Eser Spring Series

This spring, hindsight is 2020 as we explore the significance and impact of Judaism’s 10 Most Surprising Moments!  Over 10 weeks, we’ll look back at some of the particularly unconventional and surprising moments in our tradition in relation to current themes and trends within the modern Jewish community. We’ll use the past events to offer new insights into how we understand contemporary Jewish identity for young adults.

Feb 22nd – 11am:
Jewish Mindfulness: A Take on “Na’a’say v’Nishma”

Na’a’say v’Nishma is typically translated as “we will do & we will listen/obey.”  In this class, we’ll explore with Rabbi EBC how we might understand this text differently when we read “nishma” in light of its Hebrew root’s other meaning: “we will pay attention.”  How might this impact our understanding of Jewish Mindfulness?  What does Judaism have to say about integrating mindfulness into our daily lives? This class is open to the whole community.

Feb 27th, Mar 5th & Mar 12th – 8pm:
Conversations about Covering

Kippah, tichel, headband, scarf, yarmulke, hat, wig, lace doily, something else…join other young adults in talking about head covering. What is covering about?  How do the ways we choose to cover (or not) “code” us in terms of gender, religious orientation, Jewish identity, marital status, and otherwise?  How have our practices changed over time?  What practical concerns are related to covering?

MonDance Israeli Dance & Beginners Class
Every Monday admission is just $5 a person
Come join our dance community after the beginners class, to dance the dances you learn and more!

7:30 – 8:15 pm ~ Beginners Class
8:15 – 11:15 pm ~ Circles, lines, and partner dances
11:15 pm – midnight ~ Partner dances
Email for more information

For Youth

KI’s social+creative group for female-identified children grades 3 through 6) is proud to launch its 5780 programming year!  Banot will meet at KI (with occasional field trips) in room G-11 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm the first Sunday of every month on the following dates: 2/2, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3, & 6/7.
Please contact the KI main office by phone 617-277-9155 or by email to reserve your child’s spot for the year.  The cost is $100 for the year and is open to anyone who would like to have fun, make friends, and learn through creative Jewish arts, regardless of membership at KI.

Volunteer Opportunities

Visitors Needed
There is an 84 year old man who is undergoing dialysis at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital who would appreciate having some company during his treatment. He is currently having dialysis on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11:00 am – 2:45 pm.
If you might be interested, please contact Elizabeth Goeke by email.

Greeters Needed!
Do you like a good Shabbat morning schmooze?  Can you be a warm, welcoming presence on a cold day?  Or perhaps you are looking for a meaningful way to give back to KI?  Whatever your reason, we need you!  Acting as a Shabbat Morning Greeter is not a difficult job, but it’s incredibly important, since greeters are the first point of contact for folks as they come into our building—a kind, inviting presence of hospitality on Shabbat morning.
Shifts are all indoors, standing at the top of the steps to KI’s Sanctuary, by the main entrance on the ground floor, and by the Fuller St. entrance to open the doors for people and welcome them inside.  To sign up for a 45-minute greeting slot, click here.

Campus Events

New England Yachad – Looking for Volunteers!

New England Yachad is looking for adult volunteers. Yachad creates inclusive programs, where volunteers act as “peer participants” and participate alongside our members. Make a difference in your community and participate in quality recreational programs!  If you are interested in volunteering, please email Rebecca Gilbert or call 617-209-6799 ext. 103.

Community Events​

Winter Sundays at Schechter
Looking for something to do with your little ones this winter? Come join us for a cozy, fun-filled morning of indoor play at 125 Wells Ave in Newton on February 23 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. We welcome children ages 0-2 years old (and any siblings). For more information, please email Victoria Zenlea  or call 617.630.4608. Please sign up here.

Learning Philanthropy to Make Change

Hebrew College’s Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) Open House. Join us for an evening of learning what teen activism and youth philanthropy looks like in 2020. Come and be inspired as you will get to see what our JTFGB teens are doing to make a difference in our community. Enjoy some food and good company as you get an inside look:

*Meet and talk to students in the JTFGB program
*Hear updates on the students’ grant-making work
*Listen to teen remarks
*Schmooze with current and past parents of JTFGB program participants

DATE: March 3rd, 2020
TIME: 07:00 pm – 08:30 pm
LOCATION: Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
COST: Free
ORGANIZER: Hebrew College Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston
PHONE: 617-559-8803

Seeing Torah exhibit cover

Join us for the opening of the Seeing Torah exhibit. Seeing Torah is a visual diary documenting artist Anita Rabinoff-Goldman’s study and artistic response to each of the 54 portions  of the Torah over the cycle of a single Jewish year. Each piece is a visual midrash in the tradition of Jewish creative commentary–imaginative re-envisionings as seen through a woman’s lens illuminating the spiritual, political, and feminist lessons living in the Torah. Accompanied by a short commentary, every piece allows viewers to consider how Torah can be a continuing source of learning and discourse and reflect on what it means to them. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will run from March 24 to June 14.

March 24th, 2020
TIME: 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
LOCATION: Ted Cutler Atrium, Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
COST: Free

Announcements & Links

Sensory Calming Room
The room is intended to be a place to take a break from tefila (prayer), and services on Shabbat mornings and holidays. It is designed specifically for people with sensory challenges or disabilities and/or their companion or anyone who requires a quiet space.  This room is accessible for those with mobility issues and it contains quiet play toys, books, puzzles, and comfortable chairs.
Parents are required to chaperone their children in this space.
Children should not be left alone in this room.

There is live audio feed from the KI main sanctuary to help people continue to be a part of the service. Please be respectful of the games, toys, and books in the space and kindly clean-up after yourself so we can maintain a welcoming space.

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters
What does it take to change a life? A few hours, twice a month. A favorite hobby. trip to a museum. A game of pick-up basketball.  A shared meal or visit to the ice cream shop.  Volunteer with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston to change lives through the giving of your time, your energy, and your passion. Be matched, 1:1, with a child looking for a mentor, or an adult with disabilities looking for a friend.  Learn more about how JBBBS has helped people across Greater Boston.  Contact Tania to volunteer today.

Shopped at the Butcherie? Please bring your receipts to KI
The Butcherie donates back to KI’s Youth Education Fund a percentage of everything that you purchase. If you make purchases at the Butcherie, please ask the cashier to stamp your receipts (shows that you used either cash or credit card) and then bring them in. We have an envelope and box for receipt collection in our new office space!

CJP Warmline
Do you know someone who is struggling financially? The CJP’s warmline can be reached at 1-800-CJP-9500 or at their website.

Donate to KI Through Amazon
Did you know that you can support KI while shopping through Amazon? KI is an Amazon affiliate. You can connect to Amazon Smile by clicking here. Shop as usual, select us as your charitable organization, and KI will receive a percentage of the purchase price at no cost to yourself. It’s easy and much appreciated!

The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies
The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis is looking to speak with interfaith couples about their needs, preferences, and experiences with Jewish organizations in Greater Boston. If you or someone you know is part of an interfaith couple (do not need to be married), are younger than 45, and have either no children or children younger than 8, please email. Couples who participate will receive a $40 gift card. For more information, please see the flyer.