PARENTING THROUGH A JEWISH LENS
Jun
30
12:00 AM00:00

PARENTING THROUGH A JEWISH LENS

Register by June 30 and save $20 off registration.

HBT will again be offering Parenting Through A Jewish Lens (PTJL), a six-part Sunday morning program created by Hebrew College and subsidized by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

This year's class will continue where last year's class left off and our own Rabbi Barbara Penzner will be teaching! 

PTJL is a special opportunity to get to know other parents in the community as we discuss the teachings and values of Jewish life, and how we live and teach them to our children.

Plus, child care is provided in the building at no extra cost.

Classes will start on Sunday, November 3 and will meet twice each month in November, December and January.

This year's topics are:

1.       Parenting for Resiliency

2.       Parenting for Responsibility

3.       G-d Talk and Spirituality

4.       Making Space for Self-Expression and Spirituality

5.       Fostering a Connection to the Land of Israel

6.       Hopes and Dreams for Our Children

Register by June 30 and save $20 off registration.  We welcome everyone, regardless of religious identification or background, and encourage couples to take the course together.

Sign up at: https://hebrewcollege.edu/parenting-through-a-jewish-lens/  Use the code 2019EARLY and be sure to hit “Apply. 

For financial assistance, please call Erica (below). Hebrew College has a generous scholarship fund and no one wants cost to be a barrier.


For more information, contact: 

Erica Streit-Kaplan

Associate Director, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

pronouns: she/her

Phone: 617-559-8727

estreit@hebrewcollege.edu

www.hebrewcollege.edu

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Tisha B'Av service August 10     Truah immigration action August 11
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

Tisha B'Av service August 10 Truah immigration action August 11

Saturday evening, August 10, 8:00pm-9:30pm

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek

60 Highland Street, Newton 

The 9th of Av marks the deepest day of mourning on the Jewish calendar: a fast day when we remember the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other moments of loss and exile in Jewish history. It is traditional to chant the book of Lamentations, and recite special poem-songs of loss and sadness. Tisha b’Av is also a turning point in the Jewish calendar, for immediately afterwards we begin counting seven weeks to Rosh Hashanah – weeks of comfort and preparation for renewal. At this evening program, we will hear portions of Lamentations, sing contemplative songs, and explore together the brokenness in our hearts and in our world as we prepare for the work of tikkun, repair.

On Sunday afternoon, August 11, rabbis and cantors from across Greater Boston will lead the second annual Tisha B'Av action for immigration justice. Mark your calendar now! Details to follow.

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Shavuot Kulanu Yachad
Jun
9
9:45 AM09:45

Shavuot Kulanu Yachad

A Shavuot holiday celebration for everyone in our community, from tots to teens to learners of all ages.

There will be student-led holiday services,reading the Ten Commandments from the Torah, Yizkor, activities for all ages, and a Caravan Puppets puppet show special for Shavuot (centered on the Book of Ruth)

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Shabbat Chanting Service
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Shabbat Chanting Service

As we conclude the Book of Leviticus, we will use this Shabbat chanting service to contemplate the meaning of endings, and the trust that it takes.

When something comes to an end, we need to find the trust that we will be able to endure after letting it go. And we also need the trust to envision and take our next steps on a new or different journey.

Join Tracy Rich and Rabbi Penzner for a morning filled with singing and silent spaces, using a minimum of Hebrew prayer. This service can touch anyone who is open to trying it!

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Family Shabbat Service
May
11
10:15 AM10:15

Family Shabbat Service

BREAKFAST (10:15am)

FAMILY SHABBAT SERVICE (11:00am)

ADULT SHABBAT SERVICE (10:00am)

COMMUNITY KIDDUSH and LUNCH (12:00pm)

A Shabbat morning family service geared at children kindergarten to third 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.

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SHAKIN' SHABBAT and Dinner
May
3
5:45 PM17:45

SHAKIN' SHABBAT and Dinner

Shakin' Shabbat is a short, fun service that's accessible and free.

Come join Rabbi Barbara Penzner to joyfully celebrate Shabbat 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 dinner and play time. 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!

Contact Education Director, Hillary Pinsker Engler, for more information.

Newcomers Welcome! Bring Friends and Family!

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Shirat Shabbat
May
3
5:45 PM17:45

Shirat Shabbat

Join us as we try a new Friday night service aimed at children who have aged out of Shakin' Shabbat, especially those in grades 1 through 5. We'll welcome Shabbat with songs and a little bit of learning.

Parents are welcome, though it's ok for older children to join in without a parent. At the end we will all meet to hug the Torah together and share a meal.

*Shirat Shabbat means "singing Shabbat" in Hebrew.


Contact Education Director Hillary Pinsker Engler for more information.

Newcomers Welcome!

Bring Friends and Family!

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Improv & Laughter
Apr
13
4:00 PM16:00

Improv & Laughter


Both HBT members and non-members are welcome to join us for an experiential class of Improv & Laughter led by HBT member Christer Larsson. For those of you who participated in the class at the last HBT retreat, you already know what this class is about. For those of you who weren’t there, this is a playful and fun filled way of coming together with other HBT members and non-members, to have fun and to get to know each other better through play and creativity.

RSVP to the temple office by phone or email. 617-323-0486 - hbtoffice@templehbt.org

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Art Salon & Story Slam
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Art Salon & Story Slam

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.

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Megillah Readings @ HBT
Mar
20
5:00 PM17:00

Megillah Readings @ HBT

Wednesday evening, March 20th

Family Megillah Reading with Purim-themed Improv!

5:00 - 6:00pm

Community Dinner 6:00 - 7:00pm

 RSVP  to the temple office. No later than Monday, March 18th for dinner.

Dinner Cost

Adult -$15. Per person

Children ages 7 to 12 - $5.50

6 and under ear FREE

Adult Megillah Reading with Shir Hadash

Chaverim School Purim Spiel

7:00 - 8:30pm

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Guest Speaker Leora Mallach: You Are What You Eat
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Guest Speaker Leora Mallach: You Are What You Eat

Dvart Torah by guest speaker, Leora Mallach, co-founder of Beantown Jewish Gardens.

You are what you eat: An Exploration of Food Justice As the saying goes, our consumption fuels our bodies and our minds. What guides our decision making in the food we purchase? Leora Mallach, Director of Beantown Jewish Gardens, leads an exploration of the ethics of our food journey and the role our Jewish and our community values play in our food choices.   Leora Mallach co-launched Beantown Jewish Gardens in 2011, building community through experiential agriculture and food system education rooted in Jewish text, tradition, and culture. In that capacity, she has established Jewish educational vegetable gardens around town and is networking the greater Boston Jewish community, especially through events such as the Boston Jewish Food Conference (which HBT has often sponsored) and the Ta’amim Tovim Education Series: Putting Our Food Values into Action. When not creating new paradigms in the Jewish community, she can be found drinking tea, doing batik artwork, or pursuing a wide range of house and yard projects.

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Kabbalat Shabbat
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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Community Dinner & Kabbalat Shabbat
Mar
15
6:15 PM18:15

Community Dinner & Kabbalat Shabbat

COMMUNITY DINNER
6:15 – 7:30pm

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 a community with whom to celebrate Shabbat.

 

Sharing Shabbat dinner is a wonderful social event! We will gather for a traditional catered community dinner. If you have dietary restrictions (other than kashrut), please contact the temple office at 617-323-0486 or email Benita at hbtoffice@templehbt.org.

Community dinner cost

Adults: 13 and older (post-B'nai mitzvah age) $19. Families: $54.

Children ages 7 - 12: $9. Children 6 & under eat free

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Torah Study
Mar
2
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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Shakin' Shabbat with Dinner
Mar
1
5:45 PM17:45

Shakin' Shabbat with Dinner

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!

Cost for Families with Young Children $38.

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Jewish Short Stories Series
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Jewish Short Stories Series

Michael will facilitate discussions of 4 selected short stories. Come experience these lively and thought provoking conversations! Michael Kaufman has a doctorate in English and American literature, and has taught a broad variety of literary courses both within universities and outside academia to business and professional groups. For the past twelve years he has taught classes in Brandeis’ adult learning institute (BOLLI)

Copies of the story are outside the office door.

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Game Night
Feb
1
7:15 PM19:15

Game Night

Game night is not just for the young. Game night is for everyone!

Bring your Parents, your grandparents, your grandchildren! Your friends and neighbors

Bring your own game or play one of ours.

Get a group together to play Mahjong! Crazy Eights, Candy Land or Jenga.

Or find someone you don’t know and get to know them while you play a new game!

This is one of our best attended Friday night events. If you haven’t been before please join us. And if you have been with us at a previous game night tell everyone you know how much fun you had!

No RSVP required for Game Night.

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Community Dinner
Feb
1
6:15 PM18:15

Community Dinner

COMMUNITY DINNER 6:15 – 7:30pm

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! We will gather for a traditional catered community dinner. If you have dietary restrictions (other than kashrut), please contact the temple office at 617-323-0486 or email Benita at hbtoffice@templehbt.org.

Community dinner cost

Adults: 13 and older (post-b'nai mitzvah age) $19.

Families: $54.

Children ages 7 - 12: $9.

Children 6 & under eat free

RSVP to the HBT office at 617-323-0486 or email: hbtoffice@templehbt.org.

By 5:00pm The Wednesday before the Friday dinner.

Note: No money will be accepted on Shabbat.

Cancellation policy: You will receive a full refund if you contact the HBT office to cancel  by 5:00pm on the Wednesday, before the Friday night dinner. If you do not cancel by then, you will be responsible for payment.

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Shakin' Shabbat followed by Dinner & Family Game Night
Feb
1
5:45 PM17:45

Shakin' Shabbat followed by Dinner & Family Game Night

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 and free.

6:15pm - Dinner

If you would like to stay for dinner RSVP to; education@templehbt.org.

Game Night 7:15 - 8:30pm

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Homeopathy for the Soul
Jan
13
10:15 AM10:15

Homeopathy for the Soul

Brunch and wellness.. new year.. new learning!

Please join life long learning on January 13th at 10:15 am for a presentation by Jerry Kantor, a practitioner at Vital Force Healthcare and teacher of homeopathy. Author of “Interpreting Chronic Illness; The Toxic Relationship Cure; and Autism Reversal Toolbox” as well as author of “Heymischer Homeopathy”. Jerry is an experienced practitioner who will help us understand the basis of homeopathy treatment. He knows more than we can squeeze into a Sunday morning!

Jerry is not a member of HBT and is donating his time, a response is necessary.

RSVP as soon as possible to; hbtoffice@templehbt.org.

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MLK Shabbat - Kulanu Yachad, All of Us Together
Jan
12
10:00 AM10:00

MLK Shabbat - Kulanu Yachad, All of Us Together

MLK SHABBAT - Kulanu Yachad All of Us Together

Get inspired with a moving Shabbat service including freedom songs and readings from Dr. King. Adult service in the sanctuary along with activities for children and students of all ages. Everyone will join together at the end of the service. Please plan to stay to welcome new members at a special Shabbat luncheon from noon to 1:00.

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Chanting Shabbat
Jan
5
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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Monkey Business
Dec
25
11:00 AM11:00

Monkey Business

What to do on December 25th before you go for Chinese food? Wake up for coffee, movie and dairy lunch with Shir Hadash.

We will view “Monkey Business,” the story of the creators of Curious George, Jews who fled Paris by bicycle as the Nazis advanced. It’s a light-hearted movie on a serious subject. RSVP to Benita and send or drop off a check for $5.00 per person for lunch.

Sponsored by Life Long learning and Shir Hadash

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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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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
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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