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"Becoming Jewish: At the Water's Edge".

Produced and Directed for Mayyim Hayyim by Jen Kaplan. Thank you to Temple Hillel B'nai Torah for the use of the space in filming portions of this film. Forbes Graham and his family are members of Temple Hillel B'nai Torah led by Rabbi Barbara Penzner.

Temple Hillel B'nai Torah Schedule of Programs & Activities


My Power is My Privilege

By Naomi Bethune

Power and privilege have always played, and will continue to play, a very significant role in my life. As a biracial, Jewish woman, my life has always been complicated, and oftentimes, confusing. That being said, I acknowledge and know I have an incredible amount of privilege. READ MORE

Rabbi PenzNer arrested at the DACA Protest Inside Capitol Hill 1/17/18

Are you curious about why I was arrested at the Capitol two weeks ago? Read my article in The Forward: Link

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Believe It or Not, Spring is on the Way!
Although it’s still cold and snow is in the forecast, one of the signs of spring is coming up:  the HBT Spring Fling!  This year we’re doubling the fun with an Arts Salon on April 6th and a Story Slam on May 4th.  Register on-line HERE.  Invite your friends and family to join us and have a great time seeing amazing visual art, enjoying musical and reading performances, and listening to compelling stories.  You can support the events, the artists and storytellers, and our community by buying an ad in the Program Book, sponsoring, purchasing raffle tickets, and/or buying a table for ten. 

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!


Learn, Pray, Love it:Join the "Minyan” Workshop


10:15 - 11:45am

Do you want to feel more connected to Shabbat and other services at HBT? Are you ever lost in the prayer book? Wondering why you’re reading or reciting the words of the prayers and what it all means to you and to the community? Do you wish you could participate more fully in services or understand the liturgy more deeply? Then join HBT member Susannah Sirkin for three to four “learner’s minyan” sessions this season. During the course of these informal and interactive 90-minute Sunday morning workshops, you’ll discuss why and how we pray, and how to access the richness and flow of the Hebrew liturgy, even if you don’t know the language. You’ll delve into the core elements of the Shabbat morning service, practice singing and chanting key prayers, and learn the ins and outs of coming up to the Torah for an Aliyah.

No Hebrew necessary; participants are encouraged but not required to attend all sessions; Maximum 20 participants. To sign up, contact Benita at

Sundays: March 3, March 17, March 31 April 7, 10:15-11:45am (If you have children in the Chaverim School, drop them off and join the Minyan!)

Temple Hillel B'nai Torah (HBT) is a Jewish Reconstructionist congregation, based in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, that is welcoming, egalitarian, multicultural, and inclusive. We are devoted to our core principles of worship, study, social justice and community. 

HBT is a haimish community that is rooted in Jewish tradition and responsive to the world we live in. We actively engage our members in the creative process of bringing new perspectives to tradition and making tradition meaningful to contemporary lives.

We’d love to welcome you to HBT!