Moving forward with Phase 2

The Congregation Kehillath Israel Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to move forward into Phase 2 of the KI Next project.

The Omer Project

Help us finish the KI Next capital campaign!
By giving today, you can make twice the impact.
A group of generous sponsors has pledged to match all donations up to $1.5 million,
but only through the end of the Counting of the Omer.
Your pledge can be paid over 5 years, but by pledging now your support is doubled.
Please help us reach 100% participation by giving whatever you can.
Help us finish the journey.  Please give today. Donate here or call the main office at 617.277.9155

Why Do You Give?

“This is a way to invest in an American Jewish future that is collaborative, moderate, traditional, inclusive, welcoming, optimistic, vibrant, and embraces Israel.

Our family is looking forward to praying, rejoicing, singing, eating, learning, running through the hallways,
and connecting with old and new friends ina renewed space.”

— Ira Stoll and Aliza Phillips-Stoll, Donors

“Laurie and I are proud to support our partners at KI as we work together to develop […]

KI President’s Speech Kol Nidre 5777

Shana tova!

I’m David Williams, president of Congregation Kehillath Israel, and it’s my honor to speak with you tonight.

After close to a decade of planning for KI’s second century, we have been busy this year translating our KI Next plan into action.

In the spring we started the construction work. This is the most significant investment in the physical restoration of our spiritual home in more than a generation. The three million dollar first phase focuses on the exterior of the sanctuary building: restoring and stabilizing it for the long-term with a new roof and gutters, new and restored masonry, and new main staircase. We’ll be finished by Thanksgiving; on time and very nearly on budget. We’ve also drawn up building plans for the much more ambitious second phase, which includes renovation of the interior and addition of a new social hall, classrooms and flexible space on the garden side of the […]

KI Announces Partnership with Congregation Mishkan Tefila

On April 7th, the Congregation Kehillath Israel Board of Trustees took a major step towards the realization of their “KI Next” vision—creating an innovative model for urban Judaism for the next 100 years—by formally welcoming a new major partner, Congregation Mishkan Tefila to its Brookline campus.

Construction is beginning at KI!

We have begun Phase 1 of our exciting KI Next initiative – restoration and repair of the exterior and roof of our Sanctuary building! All sections of both buildings will be accessible at all times – here’s what you need to know...

Partner Interview: Sulam

Sulam provides Hebrew immersion and intensive Judaic study afterschool. They have been a KI partner for four years. We asked them about their goals and how they fit into the long-term vision of KI.

9th Annual Gala Celebration

Saturday, March 5, 2016
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
In KI’s Epstein Auditorium
Join us to celebrate the rebuilding of our spiritual home. Our 9th annual gala will feature a silent and live auction, cocktails and dinner, and the jazz stylings of STOLI, an ensemble from the John Payne Music Center. We hope to see you there.

You may purchase event and raffle tickets here. Please RSVP by Monday, February 15.

You may purchase a sponsorship or advertisement here. Please note, these are due by Monday, February 15.

Last year our 8th annual gala celebrated Rabbi Bill Hamilton’s 20th year at KI. See photos here, and a video tribute from the event here.

We look forward to welcoming STOLI this year. Below are pictures of some of their past performances.





Phase I Construction Approved!

Message from the President of KI’s Board of Trustees, David E. Williams January 19, 2016 RE: KI Next Update – Approval of Phase I Construction

Partner Interview: Jewish Venture Mentoring Service

One of our close partners is Jewish Venture Mentoring Service. We asked them about their innovative service and how being located at KI effects their work and what they see in our shared future.

President’s Remarks during Kol Nidre service

President David E. Williams’ Remarks:  KI Kol Nidre Service, 2015
Shana tova.

It’s a great honor and privilege to speak to you as President of the Board of Trustees. For those who don’t know me, I began attending KI with my wife Nyna soon after Rabbi Hamilton joined. Our children, Harry, Dafna, Seth and Eli range in age from 10 to 17; all have grown up at KI and are here with me tonight.

I started to become more active at KI a few years ago. With my background in business and experience on boards, the obvious and straightforward path was to become a board member. I did that, as VP of development, but also decided to challenge myself by growing Jewishly at the same time. I learned to read Torah in the adult bar mitzvah class just three years ago, something I never thought I’d be able to do. I still find […]