Upcoming Events

Tekhines: The Spiritual World of Yiddish Women’s Prayers

Sunday January 26th, 2-4 pm @ Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue

In this workshop, led by rabbinic intern Noam Lerman, we will explore Yiddish Tekhines, which are supplications that were designated by and for women and others to pray in groups or alone at home. We will learn about the history of tekhines, who wrote them, how they were once used, and will study original texts in order to learn more about the people who prayed them. We will have a chance to write our own original spontaneous tekhines, using common formulas found in many, along with our own personal prayers. We will also learn new melodies that are now being paired with old Yiddish tekhines, and will be part of bringing this beautiful liturgy back into our prayer lives.

 

Living as Jews on Indigenous Land: An Interactive Workshop with Ariel Luckey 

Monday January 27th, 7-9 pm @ the North American Indian Center of Boston – 105 S Huntington Avenue, JP

What does it mean for us as Jews to live on Indigenous land? What can we learn from the ways Jewish and Indigenous histories of genocide are similar, and from our vastly different experiences of continuity of place? Looking at the work of Jews On Ohlone Land in the San Francisco Bay Area as a case study, this interactive workshop invites participants to reflect critically on who we are and where we live. Through exploration of our own Jewish text and genealogy, the history of colonization in the United States, and contemporary Indigenous testimony and activism, we’ll explore what we can do to partner with Indigenous communities and deepen our connection to the land we live on. We will learn about ongoing local Native campaigns and initiatives so that we can strategize about Jewish participation in Native solidarity movements in the Boston Area.

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Ariel Luckey is an interdisciplinary artist and  educator who blurs the lines between performance, public ritual and political action. He works for healing, reparations and collective liberation through several community-based initiatives including his solo play Free Land, the annual arts event Thangs Taken: rethinking thanksgiving, and Jews On Ohlone Land. Currently a lead organizer at Sogorea Te Land Trust, Ariel loves to play soccer with his sons and derives great pleasure from dancing, dark chocolate and California sea otters.

Co-sponsored by Boston Workers’ Circle, Kavod, Nehar Shalom, and Temple Beth Zion

 

Reparations and Teshuva: An Evening of Stories, Tactics, and Non-Violent Solidarity

Tuesday January 28th, 7 – 9 pm @ Boston Workers’ Circle – 6 Webster Street, Brookline

Join renowned spiritual activist Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb and activist scholar Dr. Dave Ragland as we delve into conversation about what reparations, teshuva, and reparative justice mean, and how our communities can take action. Hear their stories and wisdom from years of involvement in reparations work and community building.

Dr. Dave Ragland is Co-Founder and Co-director for the Truth Telling project of Ferguson and the Bayard Rustin Fellow of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. An activist, educator and scholar from St. Louis, Missouri– just miles from Ferguson– Dr. Ragland is a leader of the grassroots reparations effort, building from his intimate knowledge of restorative justice and peace studies.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb is a pioneer Jewish feminist, activist, writer, visual artist, ceremonialist, author, community organizer and master storyteller. She is a Freeman Fellow of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, co-founder of The Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center, NY, and co-founder of the Muslim-Jewish Peacewalk. She has served as a rabbi since 1973 and is deeply committed to reparations for descendants of the transatlantic slave trade and its ongoing legacy of harm.

Co-hosted by the Boston Workers’ Circle Acting for Racial & Economic Justice Committee and Kavod; Co-sponsored by Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue and Temple Beth Zion

 

Tu B’Shvat Seder

Sunday February 9th, 7 – 8:30 pm

Come celebrate the new year of the trees! Modeled after the Passover seder, the tu b’shvat seder celebrates the new year of the trees, giving mystical interpretation to a variety of fruit types.

The seder is a cooperative effort:
If your last name begins with these letters, please bring any of the following:
  • A-G: figs, grapes, apples, pears.
  • H-R: dates, olives, plums, peaches, avocados.
  • S-Z: pomegranates, melons, coconuts, oranges, kiwis, and nuts (in the shell).
These fruits and nuts are grouped in traditional categories, each with their own spiritual significance, which forms the framework of the seder. We will also need a good supply of white and red wine and grape juice to help us from the dormancy of winter to the fullness of the harvest. Therefore, please bring a bottle of kosher wine or kosher grape juice; A-K: red, and L-Z: white.

JP Flicks presents “The Band’s Visit”

Saturday February 22nd, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town. The movie provides a poignant cross-cultural exploration of Egyptians and Israelis, showing them both as only ordinary people with ordinary hopes, lives, and disappointments.

Discussion led by Ashraf Hegazy, son of Egypt’s first female diplomat. Ashraf developed a strong interest in cultural similarities and differences, and has been involved in Arab-Jewish dialogue since 1992. He is the former Executive Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Dubai Initiative, which established the Dubai School of Government as the first graduate school of public service in the Arab world. Currently, he is a Middle East political analyst and an instructor & consultant in Leadership for Systems Change and negotiations. Ashraf is affiliated with Harvard University, where he teaches in Executive Education courses, as well as several institutions in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia.

Cost: $5/person includes popcorn!