Rabbi Barbara Penzner and Avi Davis take turns each week leading a half-hour evening service.
Come to refresh your soul at the end of the day, and to be a support for individuals who have come to say kaddish after a loss or in observance of a yahrzeit (anniversary of a death).
We encourage all members to sign-up in advance to do the mitzvah of creating a minyan. Please email or call: 617-323-0486, email@example.com
(Minyan consists of 10 Jews above the age of 13. All ages are welcome. Non-Jews are also welcome to participate.)
Shakin’ Shabbat is our monthly musical, interactive family program for parents with young children 6 & under. Come to dance, sing, celebrate special moments with your child, have story time, and joyfully welcome Shabbat together.
Led by Rabbi Barbara Penzner, this short, fun service is accessible, free, and followed by either a pizza dinner or an HBT Community Dinner.
Join us in welcoming Shabbat and mark the end of summer and the start of fall. Come meet people from our diverse community, get to know our rabbi and enjoy a kosher dinner for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. We will have hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and all the fixings! If you have friends, family members or neighbors who are unaffiliated, please invite them to come with you.
RSVP so we may plan accordingly by 5:00pm Wednesday, September 6th. Let us know if you're a meat-eater or a vegetarian. Community dinner cost:
Adults: 13 and older (post-b'nai mitzvah age) $19.
Children ages 7 - 12: $9.
Children 6 & under eat free
RSVP to the HBT office at 617-323-0486 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: No money will be accepted on Shabbat.
You will receive a full refund if you contact the HBT office to cancel by 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 6th. If you do not cancel by then, you will be responsible for payment.
For those who are interested in going on the HBT 2018 Israel trip or who want to hear about coexistence efforts in Israel with Rabbi Michael Cohen of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.
Rabbi Michael M Cohen
The Environment as a Bridge to Peace:
The Arava Institute as a Case Study
The Arava Institute is an environmental and academic institution in the Middle East, dedicated to preparing future leaders from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and around the world (a study abroad option for college students from the United States) to cooperatively solve the regional and global challenges of our time, advancing cross-border environmental cooperation regardless of political conflict while advancing cross-border environmental discourse in the Middle East. Rabbi Michael M. Cohen, has been involved with the Arava Institute since its doors opened in 1996, dividing his time between Vermont and Arava's Kibbutz Ketura campus. He will share two decades of experience with the Institute.
Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology
"Silence the Ringer, Not the Conversation"
What would Abe, Mordie, and Joe have to say about our relationship with technology? Take a deep dive with Reconstructionist Rabbi Jeff Schein, exploring three of the most significant 20th century Jewish thinkers, Mordecai Kaplan, Joseph Soloveitchik, and Abraham Joshua Heschel.
What would they have to say about how smart phones, social media, and the incessant email impact our lives?
New! A Shabbat morning Family Service geared at children Kindergarten-3rd grade and their parents. Older and younger kids, and young-at-heart adults are welcome too.
This interactive service, led by Rabbi Barbara Penzner, offers families a "step up" from our monthly Friday night Shakin' (Tot) Shabbat program. School-age children can explore Torah stories, help lead prayers they have been learning in Chaverim School, and experience the sacredness and joy of Shabbat morning together in community.
This short, accessible service will be followed by a kiddush lunch with the rest of the HBT congregation.
Parents may also choose to hear Jeff Schein in the main service at 11:30am.
Services at HBT Wednesday morning, May 31, will include Reading the Book of Ruth, hearing the Decalogue (Ten Commandments),the joyous singing of Hallel psalms, and Yizkor. Our festive kiddush will include cheesecake, a traditional Shavuot treat.
This year will be the first time we will use the Hadesh Yameinu/Renew Our Days Siddur for Shabbat and Festivals--the companion volume to our High Holy Day
machzor, created by Rabbi Ron Aigen z"l. A generous donor made it possible for us to have these books in memory of Rabbi Aigen.
The service begins at 10:00, Yizkor takes place at 11:30, and kiddush will be at 12:30.
GBIO FORUM ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
with Senator Mike Rush and Representative Angelo Scaccia
Learn about these important pieces of legislation and hold your legislators accountable:
· Repeal mandatory minimum sentences
· Reform pretrial and bail requirements
· Reduce/eliminate fees and fines
· Shorten the length of time in solitary confinement
Arrive early. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30.
RSVP to Elana Wolkoff email@example.com or just show up.
KULANU YACHAD means ALL OF US TOGETHER
This is a special Shabbat morning experience for EVERYONE: families, singles, adults, children of all ages, Chaverim School and day school students. Please plan to stay for a festive kiddush luncheon immediately following services.
There will be no Chaverim School classes on Sunday, May 7. Shabbat Kulanu Yachad counts as a Hebrew School day for all Chaverim School classes and attendance will be taken.
On April 29, the People's Climate March will bring together hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to demand jobs, justice and real climate solutions. Here in Boston, we'll have a full day of workshops and activities to build and grow our movement, starting with an energizing rally at 12:00 pm on Boston Common. Join us!
- Music and gathering at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common
- Rally for jobs, justice and bold action on climate on Boston Common (Facebook page)
- Action tables, activities, and art-making on Boston Common
- Teach-ins on the connections between the climate fight and other struggles for justice at indoor spaces around the Common (Facebook page and sign-up form)
For questions about accessibility at these events, please contact Hannah Klein: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Yom Hashoah Service will begin with a special ma'ariv (evening service) on Monday evening, April 24, at 7:30pm. Author Mary Dingee Fillmore will speak (from 8:00 - 9:00pm) about her novel An Address in Amsterdam, a compelling story of the Jewish experience during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
The mission of Chelsea-based Roca is “to disrupt the cycle of incarceration and poverty by helping young people transform their lives.” Combining basic education, therapy, job training and placement, caring and persistence, the multi-year program helps hundreds of the state’s highest-risk young ex-offenders to stay employed and out of prison. So far, 91% of clients who have been with Roca for two years have not been re-arrested. Taxpayers stand to save millions of dollars.
Dan Passacantilli, Criminal Justice Project Manager at Roca, will speak about his agency’s innovative approaches to reducing recidivism, its program for at-risk young women, and its unique financing.
(#3) HBT Education for Action
RSVP to email@example.com by April 6.
This April 2 at HBT! Come join us for our annual Pesach Kulanu Yachad (Passover All of Us Together) event! There will be something for everyone-- adults and children, families and singles. We'll have matzah-baking with Rabbi Barbara Penzner, Passover art and games for children, professionally-led NIA (a mind-body physical activity) for teens and adults, music, Haggadah showcase/sharing, and more! The program runs from 10am to 12pm, and is open to the community.
Saturday, March 18, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Temple HBT welcomes Mirko Chardin. His life experience with the criminal justice system informs his work as a public school principal in Cambridge and as a racial equity trainer for Boston Latin. He is the head of the Putnam Ave. Middle School. Chardin trains middle-school students to use restorative justice practices to resolve conflicts through mediation. This approach avoids disciplinary procedures that contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline.
(#2) HBT Education for Action.
11:30am early entry for Families with Young Children
12:00 - 1:30pm General admission
Come join in the fanciful fun of Purim celebration in costume if you like and enjoy carnivalgames, music, prizes, face painting, pizza, moon walk and more.
Admission is free. Tickets for games 10 for $5, 22 for $10.
Children (and adults) are welcome to come in costume!
Saturday, March 11
7:00 - 9:00pm
Don't miss this year's Purim celebration with a brand new
"Alternative Facts Megillah reading" for adults only!
Dress in costume and poke fun at beauty queens, confused kings, and evil advisors at the annual Megillah Reading.
Prizes for costumes
Bring your pussy hats
Come as your favorite character!
Caring for others, Food Aid and Purim
One way we are instructed to celebrate Purim is by giving charity to the poor to help them host a festive meal (Matanot L'evyonim). Separate and in addition to our regular tzedakah (giving of charity), we are told to give directly to at least two individuals. These guidelines provide opportunity to consider how we support others in our community in their sustenance and celebrations.
Come hear Leora Mallach give the D'vat Torah on Saturday, March 11th.
Leora Mallach is the co-founder and director of Ganei Beantown: Beantown Jewish Gardens, a local non-profit building community through food system education framed within Jewish text, tradition and culture. Reminding our community of the connections within Judaism of food and agriculture facilitates a deeper understanding of what sustains us, and engages the Jewish community in the question of how to feed ourselves and the world in a just and sustainable manner. Leora started and ran an organic vegetable garden at Temple Israel for four growing seasons and is excited to be creating new paradigms in the Jewish community.
CANCELLED Adult Tu B' Shvat Seder & Community Dinner
This month's Shakin Shabbat will be led by Chaverim School Education Director, Hillary Pinsker.
Join Hillary for an interactive musical, family program for parents with young children under the age of six (6).
Come to joyfully welcome Shabbat together with singing, dancing, stories, and sharing hugs with the Torah and someone you love!
We warmly invite families with children ages 0-6 (older siblings are welcome) to attend our Shakin' (tot) Shabbat family program. Dress is casual, and don't worry if your child won't sit still-- little ones are free to be kids, and crawl and jump as needed. So put on your dancing shoes and head to HBT!
Shakin' Shabbat will be followed by dinner for Families with Young Children only in the Social Hall.
The cost of dinner for Families with Young Children is $38/family.
Please RSVP to Benita Block by 5:00pm (Wednesday 2/1) by calling the temple office (617-323-0486) or email:
RSVPs are NOT required for just the Shakin' Shabbat family service
Community Dessert and Hanukkah Candle lighting 4 - 6pm. See the glow of the hanukkiah, smell the latkes, read stories, sing songs and play dreidle! Bring your family hanukkiah and dreidles. Candles available for purchase, with proceeds to benefit HBT programming. Share a fun relaxing time at HBT with friends and family!
"Earth" by director Deepa Mehta, is a film that tells a story through the eyes of a child about a group of friends in Lahore, (then in India), now in Pakistan, in a time just before and during the separation of India and Pakistan in 1947. Recommended for ages 16 and older.
We read from The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the morning's haftarah (prophetic) reading. After the service, join us for a Kiddush lunch and guest speakers: Ruth Messinger, Miriam Messinger, and Amani Hayes-Messinger, 3 generations of Jewish activist women.
"There's a dinosaur knocking at my door, knocking 1, 2, 3; there's a dinosaur, knocking at my door, and he's come to have Shabbat with me!" (music note symbol)
Come join us, a dinosaur or two, and Rabbi Barbara Penzner to celebrate ShabbatFriday evening, December 9 with singing, dancing, stories, and sharing hugs with the Torah and someone you love!
We warmly invite families with children ages 0-6 (older siblings are welcome) to attend our Shakin' (tot) Shabbat family program, followed by a community dinner.
Community Dinner Details:
Adult: $19 Family: $54
Families with young children, ages 6 and under: $38
NOTE: No money will be accepted on Shabbat. Please reserve your space by 5 pm Wednesday before each Community Dinner. Cancellation policy: We will give a full refund only if you cancel by 5:00pm on Wednesday before the Friday dinner. If you reserve a space, do not come to dinner, and do not cancel by the deadline, you will be responsible for full payment.
To reserve your space, contact the temple office: 617-323-0486 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life from our souls." - Picasso
Clear your schedule and ready your artist's eye for a unique fundraiser on the 3rd of December from 4:00 - 8:00pm. Join our community's talented musicians and poets as they perform among the vibrant work of Hillel B'nai Torah's visual artists and crafts people. Nosh and drinks will be provided, but please bring a dish for all to enjoy and a $10 donation for the temple. Hosted in a private home in Brookline Village. Money will not be accepted until after Havdalah.
Interested in attending? Interested in performing or displaying your work? Email Martha at email@example.com
Artists will donate 20% of their sales to Temple HBT.
Sponsored by Kolbo Fine Judaica Gallery, providing Future Family Heirlooms since 1978
Allen J. Worters Memorial Lecture Featuring Robin Washington; A Boston Globe contributing columnist and public radio producer
Dr. Yakir Englander is one of the founders of Kids4Peace International, a grassroots interfaith youth movement dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in Jerusalem.
Dr. Englander is now directing a new program, Dialogue to Action, which engages Palestinian and Jewish young adults from the Jerusalem area in interfaith dialogue, skill-building, and nonviolent action to promote social and political change.
In the midst of one of the most divided cities in the world, where meaningful and positive contact between Jews and palestinians is difficult if not impossible, Dialogue to Action brings together individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and religious and political convictions to engage in dialogue that leads to practical action for change. The project works with local and regional organizations to develop joint programs and events in the Jerusalem area to further the work of transforming the role of religion in the Israeli/Palestinian discourse on the conflict through the use of blogs, radio appearance and public speaking engagements.
Originally from the Ultra-Orthodox community of Bnai Brak, Israel, Dr. Englander earned a PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in Jewish philosophy and gender studies. The CDT Israel Trip met with him this past July and found his personal story and his work to be truly transformative. In addition to being Executive Director of Dialogue to Action, Englander is a scholar at the Shalom Hartman Institute and a visiting scholar at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the ASvancement of Peace in Jerusalem. He is a Fulbright scholar and was a visiting professor of Religion at Northwestern University and Harvard Divinity School. In addition to his academic works, Englander has been published in The Times of Israel, Huffington Post and Islamic Commentary on thenes of interfaith relations, religion and violence, and nonviolent social change.