May
31
10:00 am10:00

Shavuot Service with Yizkor

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.        

Family Shabbat Service
Jun
3
11:15 am11:15

Family Shabbat Service

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.

Jun
3
11:30 am11:30

Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology

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?

Jun
28
7:00 pm19:00

Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

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

Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

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.


May
9
6:30 pm18:30

GBIO Forum On Criminal Justice Reform

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 enwconsult@gmail.com or just show up.

May
6
10:00 am10:00

Shabbat Kulanu Yachad

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.

Apr
29
12:00 pm12:00

Boston People's Climate Mobilization March

  • Boston Common

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!

Schedule

11:30am-12:00pm

  • Music and gathering at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common

12:00-1:00pm

  • Rally for jobs, justice and bold action on climate on Boston Common (Facebook page)

1:00-4:00pm

  • 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: hannah.jalsa@gmail.com

Community Yom Hashoah Service
Apr
24
7:30 pm19:30

Community Yom Hashoah Service

  • Hillel B'nai Torah

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.

#3 HBT Education for Action
Apr
8
4:00 pm16:00

#3 HBT Education for Action

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

Learn. Act.


RSVP to hbtoffice@templehbt.org by April 6.

Pesach Kulanu Yachad
Apr
2
10:00 am10:00

Pesach Kulanu Yachad

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.

Mar
18
4:00 pm16:00

The School to Prison Pipeline. What can you do to help stop it?

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.

Learn. Act.

Mar
12
11:30 am11:30

Alternative Facts: Myths and Fairy Tales Purim Carnival

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!

Adult Megillah Reading
Mar
11
7:00 pm19:00

Adult Megillah Reading

Megillah Reading
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

BYOB   Hamantashen

Bring your pussy hats

Come as your favorite character! 

Mar
11
10:00 am10:00

Food Justice: Shabbat Speaker

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.

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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.

Feb
3
5:45 pm17:45

Shakin' Shabbat with 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

Jan
27
7:00 pm19:00

Shabbat@Home

Whether observing Shabbat on Friday evenings is brand new to you or whether it is a regular occurrence in your home we would love for you to join us

Second Light Night
Dec
25
4:00 pm16:00

Second Light Night

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!

Show Time at HBT
Dec
25
1:00 pm13:00

Show Time at HBT

"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.

Dec
10
10:00 am10:00

Human Rights Shabbat Service and Kiddush Lunch

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.

Shakin' Shabbat for Families with Young Children
Dec
9
5:45 pm17:45

Shakin' Shabbat for Families with Young Children

 "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 hbtoffice@templehbt.org

 

HBT Artists Salon Fundraiser
Dec
3
4:00 pm16:00

HBT Artists Salon Fundraiser

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 mchasonsokol@gmail.com

Artists will donate 20% of their sales to Temple HBT.  

 

Sponsored by Kolbo Fine Judaica Gallery, providing Future Family Heirlooms since 1978

Nov
14
7:30 pm19:30

From Dialogue to Action: Enacting Change on the Streets of Jerusalem with Dr. Yakir Englander

  • Congregation Dorshei Tzedek

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.

 

Oct
21
12:30 pm12:30

Apply for the Larry Diamond Tikkun Olam Youth Award --- Deadline October 21, 2016

Are you a young social justice activist? 
HBT seeks students in high school through age 26 to apply for the;

LARRY M. DIAMOND TIKKUN OLAM YOUTH AWARD
 
to be awarded at the Annual Human Rights Shabbat at Hillel B'nai Torah
Friday, December 9th, 10th & 11th 2016
 
This award honors the legacy of Larry M. Diamond, who was chair of the Tikkun Olam Committee at HBT for two years until his death in 2013. The honoree will receive a small cash award from the Larry M. Diamond Fund at HBT, as well as a travel expenses up to $200.
 
•    The award is open to anyone from high school to age 26 who is a current member of the HBT community.
 
•    Candidates will submit an essay describing a longtime project, volunteer activity or other commitment to social justice work, why they got involved, and what they have learned.
 
•    Candidates will supply one recommendation from someone who has supervised or worked with them in the project or activity described.
 
•    Candidates must be available to come to HBT for the weekend of Human Rights Shabbat, December 9th, 10th & 11th. The honoree will speak on Friday night, attend the Shabbat morning service featuring a Human Rights speaker, and then speak to our students on Sunday morning.
 
Deadline for submission is October 21, 2016.
Send all materials to:
Larry M. Diamond Tikkun Olam Youth Award
Temple Hillel B'nai Torah
120 Corey Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132
rabbi@templehbt.org
 
Many thanks to Larry Diamond's family, including his son, Jonathan, brothers Darryl and Jeff, and partner Linda Chernick, for making this award possible.

 

Oct
19
8:00 am08:00

Worship and Non-Violent Civil Disobedience Action Protesting the West Roxbury Pipeline

Worship and Non-violent Civil Disobedience Action
Protesting the West Roxbury Pipeline
in honor of Sukkot
Wednesday, October 19th at 8am
(exact location TBD)
Sponsored by JCAN--the Jewish Climate Action Network

Sukkot is a particularly appropriate time to take action in solidarity with the entire human community and all those most vulnerable to environmental disruption and climate change. 

During this week, Jews are enjoined to live outside, in temporary huts, to gather 4 sacred species of the Lulav, representing different parts of the human community, to praise G-d for a good harvest. In Temple times, Sukkot was the one celebration where offerings were brought to the Temple on behalf of the entire human community.
Join us in solidarity for an interfaith worship service and civil disobedience action on Oct. 19th. 

For more information, contact Moshe Giventhal (MosheH32@gmail.com) of JCAN.