President’s Letter November 2019/Cheshvan 5780
This letter is one of a series of monthly notes written to the KI community on congregational topics that pique my interest. Previous ones by me and my predecessor, David Williams, can be read here: President’s letters page. Please let me know what you think and/or what topics interest you by emailing me.




And I thought October was a busy month celebrating the High Holidays and Sukkot with the added excitement of a bomb cyclone thrown in for good measure … Looking ahead November’s schedule is looking equally lively.

But before suggesting events to fill your calendar with… I’d like to enlist your support for one of the many important projects Candice Kiss, our VP of Social Action, is driving forward. Partnering with Jewish Family & Child Services to help those in need, KI has pledged to provide 15 cans of salmon and 15 boxes of whole wheat crackers every month to Family Table. In addition, we have promised to deliver 80 bags of food over the year. Help KI meet its obligation by signing up through this link: Family Table Sign Up. You can donate salmon, crackers, or both. You can also make a donation in lieu of actually buying and delivering the items. If you choose to purchase items, the Family Table drop-off box is right outside KI’s office. Please join Candice and I by committing to a month’s worth of support.

Now onto the special one-off November events (watch the e-news, display, and Shabbat pamphlets for the regular KI Reads, Film@384, etc. events).

We start out on Sunday, November 3rd with another important opportunity to give …

On Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 PM, the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet returns after their acclaimed performance at KI last year. Come early for the reception at 6:30! Discounted tickets are available for KI members: Rimsky-Korsakov Tickets



A week later, the author, commentator and scholar Daniel Gordis will join us in the Sanctuary on Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 PM. He and Rabbi Hamilton will share a conversation on his new book We Stand Divided: The Rift between American Jews and Israel. Mr. Gordis is a National Book Club Award Winner and his previous book Israel: A Concise History of a Reborn Nation was a previous KI Library of Gratitude Book. He will also sign copies of his book. It should be a fascinating evening.


And on the following Sunday, November 17th, from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, LimmudBoston comes to KI for LimmudFest 2019 – the Festival of All Things Jewish. Below are the classes offered during the first session from 9:00 to 10:00. And there will still be 5 more one hour sessions to go. It should be an incredible day. Tickets are available here: Limmud Conference Tickets and the schedule is available here: Limmud Conference Schedule.

Lastly, interested in getting more involved with KI? Are you handy with software, hardware, or simply enjoy working on physical infrastructure? We’re looking for a candidate to serve on KI’s Board as VP of Facilities. Email me directly.

Looking forward to seeing you around the KI Campus!


Gordon Bennett – President Congregation Kehillath Israel