January 8, 2020 |  11 Tevet 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 10
Candle lighting: 4:13 pm
Mincha: 4:18 pm
KI Community Kabbalat Shabbat (KICKS) followed by Ma’ariv: 5:15 pm in the Chapel

Shabbat – Saturday, January 11
Shacharit: 8:45 am in the Sanctuary
Mincha: 3:58 pm in the Chapel, followed by Seudah Shleshit
Ma’ariv: 4:58 pm in the Chapel, followed by Havdalah: 5:13 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, January 11.  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!

Israel’s Purpose and Ours
Thank you to everyone who attended the tastebook discussion “Israel’s Purpose & Ours” about Daniel Gordis’ “We Stand Divided”. Video is available on KI’s Facebook page, as well as on our new YouTube Channel. We hope you enjoy the discussion and encourage you to read this exciting new book!

We are very pleased to share with you that Rabbi William Hamilton and Rabbi David Starr will each be receiving an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at the Jewish Theological Seminary Convocation to be held on January 26, 2020 in New York.The ceremony will celebrate the achievements of Rabbi Hamilton and Rabbi Starr as distinguished members of the rabbinate for over twenty-five years. This is an impressive milestone and it will be acknowledged with accolades and fanfare at this special ceremony.

In recognition of this momentous occasion, community members are invited to acknowledge the achievements of Rabbi Hamilton and Rabbi Starr by making a donation to JTS in their honor.

A personalized card acknowledging your gift, and your name or the name of our congregation will be listed in the printed program at the convocation ceremony. Donations can be made at Convocation 2020. The deadline to be included in the convocation program is Tuesday, January 21st.

Kol Hakavod to Rabbi Hamilton and Rabbi Starr on this special honor!

Upcoming KI Events

Save The Date for the KI Community Brunch
Sunday, January 12, 2020 11:00 am -1:00 pm
Celebrating This Year’s Library of Gratitude Book:“The Complete Psalms: The Book of Prayer Songs in a New Translation”
by Pamela Greenberg
***Please note the time change***

January 17 Home-Hosted Shabbat Dinner
Join members of the KICKS community on Friday evening, January 17, for a home-hosted Shabbat dinner.
We’re excited for this chance to get to know each other outside of shul!
If you would like to sign up to host, please do so here.
If you would like to sign up as a guest, please do so here.
The deadline to sign up for this dinner is Tuesday, January 14 at 12 noon!

 In this season of Thanksgiving, please make a generous gift to the Annual Appeal before the end of the year.  The Annual Appeal helps us keep our dues affordable and helps us offer the programs and services you count on.
This year, The Kiddush Club has generously committed to gifting a bottle of “KI Rye”–single barrel rye from Boston Harbor Distillery, specially selected for KI, when you donate to the Annual Appeal.  Minimum suggested donations of $180 will receive 1 bottle.  A donation of  $720 or more will receive 6 bottles.  While supplies last.


Advanced Talmud: Afterlife Views in Modern & Contemporary Judaism
Thursdays at 11:00 am in the Chapel – next session is tomorrow, Thursday, January 9
The popular class taught by Rabbi Joseph Schultz is running again! 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!

KI is participating in JCRC’s 5th annual MLK Jr. Day of Service & we’d love to have you join!
There are a wide variety of projects throughout the day and all over the metro area for volunteers of all ages to participate.
MLK Jr. Day of Service

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
Daniel & Emily Friedman
Jennifer Gallop & Rabbi David Starr
Andrew Halpert
Martin Kalikow
Natasha Woolfson & Jamie McDevitt
KI Next
Stuart & Jan Rose
– in honor of Rabbi Hamilton & Rabbi Starr’s honorary Doctorates of Divinity from the JTS
Julius Myron Rosen
Dan & Sarah Spector
Ruth Quint

Kiddush Fund
Martin Kalikow

General Fund
Allen Elstein
Mitchell & Lisa Livstone

Rabbi Hamilton’s Discretionary Fund
Merit Cudkowicz & Eugene Sorets
Joshua Hyman

Sumner Kaplan Library
Bernice Cohne
Jane Weingarten
Marjorie Kaplan & Michael Stanislawski

Craig Byer
William Ganong & Marilyn Newman
Matt Goldberg
Robert Housman

Yahrzeit Fund
Frayda Levin Able
-in memory of Celia & Benjamin Levin
Estelle & Sidney Freeman
-in memory of Rebecca Freeman
Anna & David Kanarek
-in memory of Michael Riseman
Cheryl Mazer
-in memory of Barry Bornstein
Jeannine Schetzen
-in memory of Harry Schetzen
Leonard Weisberg
-in memory of Allie Werber
Bernard Zuckerman
-in memory of Mac Rotman

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.

Want to be connected to the Torah 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: January 11)
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.

Rabbi EBC will be teaching an Eser group this spring!
Registration just opened!

Eser is a 10-part learning series for young adults through Hebrew College & the topic for this year is “Judaism’s 10 Most Surprising Moments.” KI’s group will meet in Brookline on Tuesday nights starting March 3rd. Register before January 10th for a $30 discount. (And don’t let cost be a barrier—scholarships are available!)

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: 1/5, 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

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

The tradition of Inspo:Expo continues at KI! On MLK Day 2020, from 1pm-3pm, Inspo:Expo will present “The Welcome Blanket Knit-In” at KI. The goal of the Knit-In is to create blankets and notes of welcome to give to immigrants and refugees. Each blanket will be displayed in a pop‐up exhibit (March 20‐21) at KI, as part of HIAS’s National Refugee Shabbat, and then sent to local resettlement agencies to be delivered to our newest neighbors.

Across the country, Welcome Blanket has inspired people to make 6,000 blankets, which were exhibited in three museum shows and then gifted to 30+ partnering resettlement agencies. In Brookline alone, local crafters have made over 80 blankets, and our first pop-up, “Interwoven: Craft, Story, Immigration,” was held at The Makery in September.

At the Knit-In, which will be part of the Town of Brookline’s official MLK Day programming, Brookline community members will offer tutorials in quilting, crocheting, and knitting. People are welcome to work together on blankets or bring a work-in-progress. Please feel free to bring your supplies and materials, and please spread the word about this free event! Please email Hadassah Margolis at inspoexpo.brookline@gmail.com with any questions, and/or if you plan to participate.

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​

Camp Ramah in New England Information Session –
Wednesday, January 8th at 7PM via Facebook Live!

Learn about Camp Ramah in New England from the comfort of your own home! Join Assistant Director, Josh Edelglass, to hear how Camp Ramah’s rich and varied program offer campers the opportunity to grow, learn, and develop life-long friendships as they connect to Judaism in a unique way. You can ask your questions LIVE and receive answers from our year round program team.

Camp Ramah offers two-week sessions for children currently in grades 2-3 and four or eight-week sessions for children in grades 3-10. We offer a $500 tuition discount to eligible new campers, and significant additional financial aid is available.  Please RSVP to pamelak@campramahne.org and submit your questions in advance at Bit.ly/CRNELive.
Explore our website at: www.campramahne.org!

The Rainbow Fish

Experience the sparkling story of “The Rainbow Fish” with his silver scales and heart of gold in this original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. This timeless story of selflessness and the importance of sharing is brought to life with enchanting puppetry and beautiful illumination. Held at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Monday, January 20. Shows at 11am and 1pm. For families with children ages 3-9 years. Cost is $18, JCC member cost is $16. This show is part of the Magic Ark Performing Arts Series for Families, a program of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. For tickets, visit bostonjcc.org/magicark or call 617-558-6481.

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 January 12 and 26 and 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.



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