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Upcoming Events & Special Announcement


Purim is Coming!

The YIB Mishloach Manot program is underway! The early bird special for ordering Mishloach Manot ends on Sunday, January 28th. Place your order of $100 or more by then and receive a 5% discount. The Mishloach Manot project is a wonderful way to reach out to friends, relatives, neighbors, teachers, the needy, and newcomers to our community. Place your order online at If you have questions or need paper form, call the office or e-mail

Parent-Child Learning

Motzei Shabbat, January 20th, 6:15 - 7:15 PM: Children and parents, please join Rabbi Hellman for our very successful parent-child learning program for 1st through 5th graders. There will be pizza, raffles and prizes! All children and parents will learn a lot and have fun! The program is sponsored by Joyce Kosowsky in memory of her beloved husband, Dr. Bernie Kosowsky z”l.

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YIB Trivia Challenge!

Motzei Shabbat, January 20th, 8:00 PM: Join the Young Israel community for the YIB Trivia Challenge! Test your knowledge about pop culture spanning the decades, history, current events, and anything else our trivia masters come up with. Sign up individually or with a partner. Participants will then be combined into multi-generational teams of 4-6. Meet other community members and make new friends!

Cost: $18 per person, includes light dinner from Vittorio's and beverages.

Register here.

New Class: Movement & Balance

Would you like to stay actively involved with your community, remain safe from falls, be able to get on the floor to play with your and grandchildren??  

Join our newly forming class which features a mix of stretching movement with goals of flexibility, balance and strength building, all in an atmosphere of fun!  No prior experience necessary but a willingness to try new things including the sheer joy of moving across the floor to a variety of Jewish music!

Mondays, starting January 22nd, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Cost is $10 per class.

Wear comfortable clothes, (leggings, sweatpants under loose skirts if desired, non-skid socks), be prepared to take shoes off and please bring a yoga mat or thick towel to sit on.  Participants can also benefit from the class sitting on chairs when needed.

To register, contact the YIB office by email at or by phone at 617-734-0276. Walk-ins are welcome.

~Class taught by Nechama Cheses, M.Ed, Dance-Movement Therapist and experienced with movement disorders; private work and classes for all of us who are aging!

Learning in the Living Room - New Date

Wednesday, January 24th, 8:15 PM: Learning in the Living Room, our new community learning opportunity that is hosted in the homes of YIB members, continues at the home of Rabbi and Ariella Hellman, 147 Winchester St. Unit 2, Brookline. The group meets most Wednesdays. There will be different books and topics studied over each month so that everyone has the flexibility to join for the whole year or just a short series.

The Nentershausen Synagogue

Sunday, January 28th, 11:00 AM-12:20 PM, Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Avenue, Brookline: Author  and Young Israel member, Stephen Denker, will read from his book, The Nentershausen Synagogue, about a small Jewish community in Germany — before and after the years of Nazi tyranny — told in the stories of the Community’s cherished Synagogue and of two surviving families. One is YIB member Bert Katz.

On Kristallnacht, in one of Germany’s small rural villages, the community’s Synagogue was trashed, but not destroyed. Its desecrated lintel above the Torah Ark is on exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 1987, the derelict building was dismantled, moved to Hessenpark in Neu-Anspach, Germany and caringly rebuilt, the witness to Jewish presence. The book is currently available at the USHMM museum shop.

Stephen Denker, formerly a university professor and consultant, has been collaboratively researching family histories since 2000. He has self-published nine family history, genealogy and commercial books. In 2007 he spent two weeks in Havana, Cuba doing research, visiting where his family lived in the 1920s, including their underwear factory, and updating the Havana United Hebrew Congregation’s Jewish Cemetery records on-site and photographing the 1600 gravestones.

Young Family Shabbat Dinner

February 2nd, 5:00 PM: Please join us for our next young children's Kabbalat Shabbat program. The Young Family Shabbat Dinner features Kabbalat Shabbat followed by a casual, kid-friendly Shabbat dinner. Programming will be geared towards kids aged 0-5.

3rd Annual Kosher for Passover Wine Tasting Extravaganza

Sunday Feb 25th, 3:00-6:00 PM: This is a pre-sale to order all your Passover wine. 20% of your purchase goes back to YIB. This year includes The Cheese Guy and Blackers, both offering goods for sale. Volunteers are needed. Contact Dan Sigel at

Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses

Wednesday, January 24th, 8:00 PM: Women in the community are invited to join Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses for a pre-Tu B'Shvat meet and greet. Come create dried fruit centerpieces, get to know Sarah, and learn about the New England Yoetzet Halacha Initiative (NEYHI). It will take place at 1188A Beacon Street, Newton. RSVP to

We are delighted to introduce Sarah Cheses, the first Yoetzet Halacha serving the Greater Boston Community under the auspices of the newly founded New England Yoetzet Halacha Initiative (NEYHI). 



Sun. Jan. 14, 2018 - Fri. Jan. 19, 2018

Earliest time for Tallit & Tefillin 6:16 AM

Sunday 7:15, 8:00 & 9:00 AM
Monday 6:20 & 7:20 AM
Tuesday 6:30 & 7:30 AM
Wednesday - Rosh Chodesh - 6:10 & 7:10 AM
Thursday 6:20 & 7:20 AM
Friday 6:30 & 7:30 AM

Sunday through Wednesday

Mincha 4:25 PM Maariv 4:50 PM


Shabbat Parshat Bo 1-20-18

Shabbat Candle Lighting 4:24 PM
Mincha 4:30 PM
Shacharit 7:00 & 8:45 AM
Sof Zman K'riat Sh'ma 9:31 AM
Mincha 4:15 PM
Seuda Shlisheet 4:35 PM
Maariv 5:25 PM
Shabbat Ends 5:30 PM

Founded in 1953, the Young Israel of Brookline has become an anchor of jewish life in Boston.
Multi-generational families have created a dynamic and vibrant community which is welcoming to the many young professionals who come to Boston for school and training. This exciting mixture of people crosses all cultural, economic and professional lines. Whether as a new resident or a visiting guest, the Young Israel of Brookline has developed an international reputation for hachnassat orchim, extending hospitality to visitors and those in our kehilla.