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, March 6
Candle lighting: 5:23 pm
Mincha/KI Community Kabbalat Shabbat (KICKS)/Ma’ariv: 5:15 pm in the Chapel

Shabbat – Saturday, March 7
Shacharit: 8:45 am in the Sanctuary
Mincha: 5:08 pm in the Chapel, followed by Seudah Shleshit
Ma’ariv: 6:08 pm in the Chapel, followed by Havdalah: 6:23 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

Erev Purim – Monday, March 9
Ma’ariv & Megillah Reading: 7:20 pm

Purim – Tuesday, March 10
Shacharit & Megillah Reading: 7:00 am

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, March 7.  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.

Upcoming KI Events


Purim 2020: Teen Takeover!
Our Purim celebration on Monday, March 9th will feature primarily teen leadership.  Would you like to be a greeter, a parade marshal, a tzedakah collector, or a gabbai? We are looking for about 11 teens to join us at 6:30 pm to take on roles that don’t involve chanting! We would be thrilled if you got in touch with David Williams (, Jessica (, or Rabbi Hamilton.


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 Monday, 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.

March Cuddle Up Shabbat: Pre-Purim Party!
Friday, March 6, 2020 *** 5:00-6:30 PM
Kids and adults are invited to come IN COSTUME
for this month’s Cuddle Up Shabbat!
(Please, no full face masks.)
Cuddle Up Shabbat is a fun monthly Friday night experience for newborn – 5 years olds and their grown-ups. We will welcome Shabbat together in G7 with lively songs, stories, and movement at 5:00 PM, and share dinner together in G11 afterward. RSVP below by Wednesday, March 4th at noon to reserve your spot! Suggested donation is $15/family for KI members, $18 for non-member families.
RSVP here!:

Rabbi Hamilton’s Invitation To Teens This Sunday!
All teens are invited to join Rabbi Hamilton this Sunday, March 8, at 10:00 am to embrace the mitzvah of assembling Purim baskets that will be traveling on El Al Tuesday night to Israel for widespread distribution. We’re also thrilled that baskets will go to an early childhood center in Jerusalem, with whom we will be partnering. Please see the flyer within the announcement below regarding this mitzvah.

KI is honored and thrilled this year to embrace this beautiful mitzvah in memory of the Israeli youths whose lives were cut short by terror in the summer of 2014.

Anyone interested in participating in the distribution of Purim baskets (which our teens are creating) this coming Purim day, Tuesday, March 10, from the El Al terminal at Logan Airport, is encouraged to contact the KI office.

Here is a summary of the global project in which we will be participating:

Children’s Puppet Show & Dinner with Washington Square Minyan – RSVP HERE
Mad Purim Ice Cream Oneg with Congregation Mishkan Tefila – RSVP HERE
Costume, Pizza & Dance Party with the KIRS – please email
Matanot La’evyonim: Why Give on Purim? with Rabbi EBC – RSVP HERE

Make Your Vote Count!
Please remember to vote this week for Mercaz, which gives voice to ideological inclusion and religious pluralism in the state of Israel.
Click HERE to register for a ballot and for more information!

Save the Date!

March 20-21

Advanced Talmud: Afterlife Views in Modern & Contemporary Judaism
Next class: Thursday, March 5th
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 3 cases left – donate to the annual appeal today!
Don’t let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity slip by!

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!
Past Divrei Torah here.

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 Members
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!

Chesed Fund
Debra & Gerry Bickoff and Alyssa & Dan Elfman
-in memory of Marty Rabinovitz

Connie & Marty Rabinovitz Prayerbook Fund
Elaine Lasoff
-in memory of Marty Rabinovitz
Judy Meyers & Mark Pasternack
-in memory of Marty Rabinovitz
Morry & Rachel Safer
-in memory of Marty Rabinovitz
Richard Weinstein
-in memory of Marty Rabinovitz

Yahrzeit Fund
Eleanor Agranat
-in memory of Etta & Abraham Ravreby
Bathsheba Freedman
-in memory of James Freedman
Eileen Kaminsky
-in memory of Ruth Quint
Milton Lewis
-in memory of Philip & Mary Lewis
Frances Meyers
-in memory of Lou Rosenthal
Pearl Porter
-in memory of Ruth Quint
Rabbi Gilbert & Ann Rosenthal
-in memory of Dr. Isidore A. Rosenthal
Sara & Stephen Scolnick
-in memory of Helen Quint
Carol Sherman
-in memory of Herbert Sherman
Allen Whitestone
-in memory of Mollie Whitestone
Edith & Joseph Yoffa
-in memory of Pearl B. Yoffa

Somerville Kiwanis Donates to KI Gala Fundraiser
Much appreciation and many thanks for their substantial donations to KI’s Annual Gala Fundraiser from Somerville Kiwanis members Bob Nissenbaum, Rod Laurenz, Tom & Dawn Austin, David O’Brien, Paul Upton, Tony Ciccariello, Nancy Busnach, Haley Adams, Jim Bowdrig, Ellen O’Brien, Sal Bertolami, Jay Lynch, Mernasaya Rivera-Bujosa, David Blumsack, Jack Connolly, Sandra McGoldrick, Gene Brune, Toni Shelzi, Patricia Ng, Charlie Ball & Susan Callahan. For the past several years, Somerville Kiwanis has supported the KI Gala Fundraiser and their support is fabulous!

Family Table Passover Food Collection
Every year Family Table provides Passover foods so that their clients can observe and celebrate this special holiday, and they need our help!  Please help us meet our commitment to Family Table by providing 36 boxes of matzah ball soup mix (reduced sodium preferred).  Please place items in the Family Table bin located outside the KI office by Monday, March 16.

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:

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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: 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.

10 Tuesdays, starting this month
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.

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: 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

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​

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.