Human Rights Shabbat
Dec
15
10:00 AM10:00

Human Rights Shabbat

Shabbat services followed by lunch and lecture with questions.

Dr. Dov Waxman, Professor of Political science, International affairs and Israeli Studies at Northeastern University and director of its Middle East Studies Program, will address “Israel’s Controversial National-State Law and the State of Israeli Democracy.”

In this lecture Professor Waxman will examine what’s in the law, why it matters, and what it says about the current state of Israeli Democracy.

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Shakin' Shabbat
Dec
7
5:45 PM17:45

Shakin' Shabbat

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 a community Hanukkah celebration.

If you are staying for the Hanukkah celebration please RSVP.

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Life Long Learners -Book discussion "Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor"
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

Life Long Learners -Book discussion "Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor"

Facilitated by Roxanne Kelber

Life long learning sponsors.. a book read.! " Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor" by Yossi Klein Halevi. Klein Halevi also wrote "Like Dreamers" which many of you may have read. The new book is a short but intriguing read as he addresses the Palestinians in understanding the Israeli/Jewish experience of settling Israel. His goal is to achieve a mutual recognition of the investment and trauma of both peoples in the land. His hope is that this will begin a conversation in finding ways to move forward towards peace. There are complex concepts that Klein Halevi encapsulates in succinct and simple ways. It is a captivating and informative book. This December read will bookend our short story reading in January and February.

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Breakfast and Family Shabbat (K-4th)
Dec
1
10:15 AM10:15

Breakfast and Family Shabbat (K-4th)

BREAKFAST and FAMILY SHABBAT SERVICE

Saturday December 1

10:00am - Breakfast and Playtime

11:00am - 12:00pm - Family service

followed by kiddush luncheon and schmoozing with the entire congregation

Designed for 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. Parents can become familiar with the flow of a morning service and gain comfort with the prayers and singing. This short, accessible service will be followed by a kiddush lunch with the rest of the HBT congregation.

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Shakin' Shabbat
Nov
19
1:30 PM13:30

Shakin' Shabbat

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 community dinner and Hanukkah celebration!

Please RSVP for dinner.

Cost for Families with Young Children $38.

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Shakin’ Shabbat
Nov
16
5:45 PM17:45

Shakin’ Shabbat

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.

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Movie at HBT: Wrestling Jerusalem
Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

Movie at HBT: Wrestling Jerusalem

6:30 pm, Havdallah followed by film, discussion and dessert. “Wrestling Jerusalem” is a powerful 90 minute movie, a one-man presentation of the multiple cultures invested in the city of Jerusalem. This is not a polemical movie; its goal is to expand the understanding of the multiplicity of peoples’ investment in the nature of the city. This will be a joint activity with the Shir Hadash.

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Breakfast & Family Shabbat Service
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Breakfast & Family Shabbat Service

10:00 am breakfast and playtime
11:00 to noon - Family Service followed by Kiddush luncheon and schmoozing with the entire congregation. A Shabbat morning Family Service designed for 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. Parents can become familiar with the flow of a morning service and gain comfort with the prayers and singing. This short, accessible service will be followed by a kiddush lunch with the rest of the HBT congregation.

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Chanting Shabbat
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Chanting Shabbat

Chanting Shabbat With Rabbi Penzner and Tracy Rich 10:00 am – 12:00 pm followed by Kiddush and shmoozing.

Looking for a spiritual Shabbat experience without all those words? Try out a Chanting Shabbat as a different way to access the many gifts of Shabbat: connection, rest, reflection, music and learning.

At a Chanting Shabbat, Rabbi Penzner and Tracy Rich welcome you to a service built around a theme from the weekly Torah reading. Through song, meditation, Torah reading and discussion, each person will be able to use the time for spiritual reflection, while remaining true to the basics of a Shabbat morning service. No experience with meditation or with Hebrew prayer is necessary; however, if you do have a practice, or you know the Shabbat service, you can deepen your knowledge and your practice in new and old ways.

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Torah Study
Nov
3
8:45 AM08:45

Torah Study

TORAH STUDY Led by Rabbi Penzner

In our Torah study group we bring our personal experence to the study of the weekly parasha (Torah portion) and learn from commentators past and present. At each meeting, we focus on a specific section of the portion as our jumping-off point in the ongoing interpretive tradition of Torah study.

No Hebrew knowledge or prior experience is necessary. However we ask that participants prepare in advance by reading through the weekly the portion. Contact the rabbi if you would like to receive regular notifications of Torah study meetings and topics.

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Allen J. Worters Memorial Lecture
Nov
2
6:15 PM18:15

Allen J. Worters Memorial Lecture

6:15-7:15 pm - Community Dinner
7:30-9:00 pm - Speaker

FEATURING: Congregant & scholar Debra Kaufman, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern University.

Dr. Kaufman has lectured extensively and most recently is conducting seminars on Post Holocaust Identity narratives among young adults. The Allen J. Worters Lecture honors the pursuit of Jewish learning at HBT. Each year Jewish teachers, writers and thinkers look at various perspectives on Jewish identity. Eleven years ago, HBT created a permanent endowment to support this annual lecture in honor of congregant Allen J. Worters (of blessed memory). Our goal is to continue to raise money so the fund will continue in perpetuity and provide an honorarium for speakers from the accrued interest.

Dinner: $19 per adult
Lecture: suggested donation $36
We do not accept money on Shabbat. RSVP and pay in advance.

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National Refugee Shabbat sponsored by HAIS With special guest, Bonny, an asylum seeker from Uganda
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

National Refugee Shabbat sponsored by HAIS With special guest, Bonny, an asylum seeker from Uganda

National Refugee Shabbat 2018 is a moment for congregations, organizations, and individuals around the country to create a Shabbat experience dedicated to refugees.

This national event is a meaningful opportunity to deepen our understanding of today’s global refugee crisis, connect with the Jewish movement for refugees, commit (or recommit) to taking action, and either celebrate your community’s achievements in working with refugees or launch new efforts.

Bonny was held in ICE detention at the Suffolk County House of Corrections and will speak about his experience.

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Community Dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat
Oct
19
6:15 PM18:15

Community Dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat

Our goal on these Friday nights is to bring together our community for a shared experience of saying goodbye to the business (and busy-ness) of the workweek and welcoming Shabbat with ritual, song, and food. Whatever your age, relationship status, observance level, or Jewish background, we all need Shabbat, and we need each other to create community with whom to celebrate Shabbat. Sharing Shabbat dinner is a wonderful social event!

Candle lighting, Kiddush, motzi and dinner begin at 6:15 pm - Program begins at 7:30 pm

Each month we will provide a variety of programs after dinner, so you can come to dinner, the program or both.

October 19                  Community Dinner, Kabbalat Shabbat with the Rabbi

November 2               Community Dinner, Allen J. Worters Memorial Lecture

December 7                Community Dinner, Hanukkah Celebration

January 4                    Community Dinner, Program TBD

February 1                  Community Dinner, Game Night for all ages

March 15                      Community Dinner, Kabbalat Shabbat with the Rabbi

May 17                         Community Dinner, Kabbalat Shabbat with the Rabbi

 

COST:

Adult: $19                    Family: $54   

Families with young children: $38

Children under 5 eat FREE

NOTE: No money will be accepted on Shabbat.

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. 

RSVP to the temple office, hbtoffice@templehbt.org, by the Wednesday at 6pm the Friday before the dinner.

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Shakin' Shabbat
Oct
19
5:45 PM17:45

Shakin' Shabbat

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 a HBT Community Dinner.

RSVP for dinner to: hbtoffice@templehbt.org

Dinner 6:15 pm - Program 7:30 pm

Enjoy a communal meal and schmooze over the Shabbat table at one of our community Shabbat dinners. Dinners are a time to develop our relationships with one another. We

welcome non-members to get to know us over dinner.Each month we provide a variety of programs afterdinner so you can come to dinner, the program or both.We hope you will come join us for an uplifting welcome to Shabbat.

Community dinner cost:

Adults: $19

Families: $54

Children 6 – 12 $9.50

Children under 5 eat free

NOTE: No money will be accepted on Shabbat. RSVP for each Community Dinner to the HBT office at 617-323-0486. Cancellation policy: Our policy provides for a full refund if

you notify the HBT office of any cancellation by 5:00 pm on the Wednesday before the Friday dinner. If you RSVP your attendance, but do not come and do not cancel by Wednesday, you will be responsible for payment.

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Community Conversation
Oct
7
10:15 AM10:15

Community Conversation

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Sunday, October 7

10:15 - 11:45am

Community conversations are facilitated small-group discussions which bring together newer members and HBT veterans to foster relationships and engagement. Those who participated in the launch at the HBT retreat and/or over the summer can attest to the power of listening and being heard as we build an interwoven, stronger congregation.

Rabbi Penzner and President Judith Levine will be participating in every community conversation.

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Shabbat Service with Speaker
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Shabbat Service with Speaker

SHABBAT SERVICE

Shabbat morning, October 6

10:00 - 12 noon

VOTE YES ON 3 TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

Speaker Mimi Micner of Keshet (11:30)

As Massachusetts faces a call to protect transgender civil rights at the ballot in November 2018, HBT is supporting a YES vote on the ballot initiative to prevent a rollback of non-discrimination protections for trans people in public spaces that the legislature passed in 2016.

Come hear Mimi Micner speak about what the Jewish community is doing and what YOU can do to uphold human rights and to protect our transgender community members from discrimination.

Mimi Micner is a fifth year Rabbinical Student at Hebrew College in Boston, and is Keshet's Advocacy and Campaigns Specialist and Rabbinic Intern. While in rabbinical school Mimi has prioritized justice work as a Fellow with T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. a Community Organizing Trainer and Online Course Instructor for Don’t Kvetch, Organize with JOIN for Justice, and the co-founder of the Jewschool column #TorahForTheResistance. Mimi is from Vancouver, BC and now lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

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Shmini Atzeret Simchat Torah Service
Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

Shmini Atzeret Simchat Torah Service

SHMINI ATZERET

SIMCHAT TORAH SERVICE

Monday, October 1

10:00am - 12:30pm

Join us as we welcome sister congregation Shir Hadash in our first shared service of the year! Their Shir Madness klezmer band will add to our Simchat Torah joy. HBT member Forbes Graham will lend his trumpeting to the band.

YIZKOR at 12:00 noon

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Simchat Torah Kulanu Yachad Celebration
Sep
30
4:00 PM16:00

Simchat Torah Kulanu Yachad Celebration

4:00 pm - Caravan Puppets for Families with Young Children

5:00 pm - Pizza dinner for Families with Young Children

5:30 to 7:00 pm - Simchat Torah congregation-wide celebration & service

A high point of the year at HBT. We dance with the Torahs and take them out to Corey Street, then unfurl the entire Torah scroll around the sanctuary. Bid on a pumpkin to take home! Fun for adults and children of all ages.

7:00 pm - Potluck Dinner for adults and older children. For the potluck RSVP HERE

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Yom Kippur
Sep
19
9:30 AM09:30

Yom Kippur

Main Sanctuary Service with Rabbi Penzner - 9:30 - 1:30pm

Families with Young Children - 10:30 - 11:30am

Children Service, grade 3 - 7 - 10:15 - 12:15pm

Teen Ritual,  grade 8 - 12 - 12:00 - 12:45pm

Yizkor service - 5:00pm

Family with Young children break  the fast - 5:30pm

Community break the fast, 7:30pm

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Rosh Hashanah Day 1 & Day2
Sep
10
9:30 AM09:30

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 & Day2

Day 1
Main Sanctuary service - 9:30 - 1:30pm
Families with Young Children, Caravan Puppet Show - 10:30 - 12:30pm
Children service, grades 3 -7 - 10:15 - 12:30pm
Teen Ritual, grades 8 -12 - 11:45 - 12:30pm
Childcare will be offered if you sign up in advance - contact the temple office

Day 2
Main Sanctuary service - 9:30 - 1:00pm

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Selichot with Dorshei Tzedek
Sep
1
to Sep 2

Selichot with Dorshei Tzedek

Selichot

HBT members are invited to join Congregation Dorshei Tzedek for Selichot services. Enjoy an evening of storytelling with our friends at CDT!

60 Highland Street, West Newton

We enter into the spirit of the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe, with this program focusing on the theme of teshuvah, “turning/returning.” Beginning with Havdallah, dessert and schmoozing, we will then have a “Moth”-style storytelling program, with stories of moments of “turning” and forgiveness, and an opportunity for participants to share their own story. We’ll close the evening with music of the High Holydays season and time for personal reflection and meditation.

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SHABBAT MORNING GUEST SPEAKER
Sep
1
10:00 AM10:00

SHABBAT MORNING GUEST SPEAKER

SPEAKER ON BALLOT QUESTION ONE

Rev. Vernon Walker - Safe Patient Limits

This November, Massachusetts voters will be voting on a ballot question to set specific limits on how many patients nurses can care for in hospitals and other clinical settings. This ballot question presents complex issues, with groups on both sides advocating that their position best serves the goal of optimizing patient care and access. We invite our community to come and learn about this issue, and to share their perspectives and concerns this Shabbat, September 1st. We will have Reverend Vernon Walker, a spiritual leader and activist working on behalf of the Massachusetts Nurses Association to pass this ballot initiative , as our guest speaker. Rev. Walker is active in the Poor People's Campaign, and is a case manager at the Boston Rescue Mission and at Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Donna Kelly-Williams, a registered nurse and president of the MNA, will be on hand to answer questions as well.

You can read the ballot initiative in its entirety here.

 We extend our gratitude to those members who contacted us with their questions and concerns about the speaker. 

We look forward to a thoughtful conversation this Shabbat, modeling civil and respectful dialogue.

 

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