January 29, 2020 |  3 Sh’vat 5780

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

Kabbalat Shabbat – Friday, January 31
Candle lighting: 4:39 pm
Mincha: 4:44 pm
KI Community Kabbalat Shabbat (KICKS) followed by Ma’ariv: 5:15 pm in the Chapel

Shabbat – Saturday, February 1
Shacharit: 8:45 am in the Sanctuary
Mincha: 4:24 pm in the Chapel, followed by Seudah Shleshit
Ma’ariv: 5:24 pm in the Chapel, followed by Havdalah: 5:39 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
THANK YOU to Maya Emerson for leading Mini-Minyan so wonderfully – we will miss you!
WELCOME to Lauren Kanter, who is also the K/1 KIRS teacher, for taking over leadership of Mini-Minyan beginning this week!

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 1.  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 mainoffice@congki.org We look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming KI Events

Saturday, February 1, 3:50 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 “Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness” by Jennifer Berry Hawes.

Calling All Teens!  Let’s Get Purim Started!
February 8th, after kiddush, all teens are invited to join Rabbi Hamilton in the library. Our goal is to have our amazing teens participate in the reading of Megillah Esther this Purim. Even if you’re not interested in reading a Megillah portion, feel free to join us in planning some wild and crazy Purim fun! If you have any questions, call the office at 617-277-9155 or send an email.

***There is an extra copy of the book in the KI office!***

Tu B’Shvat Community Shabbat Dinner
February 7 after Shabbat Services

Come celebrate Tu B’Shvat a little early with KICKS at our next community Shabbat dinner on Friday, 7 February! Dinner will start at 6:30pm following KICKS services, which begin at 5:15pm.

KI will provide a delicious, vegetarian meal which will highlight the foods traditionally eaten on Tu B’Shvat.

Register and pay by Tuesday, 4 February at 12 noon; cost is $15 per adult/$8 per child (ages 5+). **No sign-ups will be accepted after the deadline.** Please pay online at http://congki.org/donations (with “KICKS 2/7 dinner” in the “Notes” section) or send a check made out to “Congregation Kehillath Israel” (with “KICKS 2/7 dinner” in the memo line) to 384 Harvard St., Brookline, MA, 02446.

Come one come all and celebrate the trees and their delicious offerings with us at KICKS!

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

Thursdays at 11:00 am in the Chapel
*next session is tomorrow, Thursday, January 30*
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!
Annual Appeal
Joan Goodman & Walter Einstein
Linda Jason

Sarah Kraft Fund
Peter & Elizabeth Levine
-in memory of Rubin Webber
Peter & Elizabeth Levine
-in memory of Louis Levine

General Fund
Steve Grossman & Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman
-in memory of Helen Quint
Barbara Krakow
Susan & Chuck Miller

-in memory of Helen Quint, beloved wife, mother and grandmother
Larry Sochrin
-in memory of Helen Quint
Bernard & Dolores Wax
-mishaberach for Connie & Marty Rabinovitz
Bernard & Dolores Wax
-in honor of the birth of their 14th great grandchild, Yael Yaresky
David Williams & Nyna Urovitch
-in memory of Helen Quint, especially in appreciation of her work to make KI accessible to all

Yahrzeit Fund
Gerald & Debra Bickoff
-in memory of Marcia Bickoff
Gerald & Debra Bickoff
-in memory of Bella Bickoff Goldstein
Diane Rose
-in memory of Rose Fink
Diane Rose
-in memory of Max Fink
Nina Rubin
-in memory of Mildred Tolkoff
Nina Rubin
-in memory of Asher & Bertha Drexler
Bernard & Dolores Wax
-in memory of Nelson Wax

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 socialaction@congki.org 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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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: February 8)

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.

Feb 12th & 13th – 8pm:

Shabbat Hospitality & Challah

In this two-part learning series for young adults, we’ll explore two trademarks of Shabbat.  In the first session, we’ll look at what Jewish sources say about hospitality, the radical act of welcoming.  In the second session, we’ll get a bit messy with a hands-on workshop exploring the spirituality of challah baking.


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 9 and 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.

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.