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Children & Family Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 3:00 - 5:00 PM: Join Young Israel of Brookline and New England Yachad for Chanukah Maccabia! Join us for crafts, raffles, music, a bounce house, relay event, snacks and more! For more information, contact Hodaya at Young Israel of Brookline or Alessandra at Yachad. Click here to reserve your spot.

Glow-in-the-Dark Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00 PM: Light up the night with Young Israel of Brookline and Yachad on the 6th night of Chanukah at the Young Israel of Brookline. We'll have music from our guest DJ, games, crafts, desserts and more. Dress in white to best be seen in the dark! Open to ages 16 and up. Cost is $10/person. RSVP here. For more information, contact Ilana Kruger or call 617-396-4698.

Learning in the Living Room 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 8:15 PM: Learning in the Living Room, our new community learning opportunity that is hosted in the homes of YIB members, continues this week at the home of Jennifer & Dror Michaelson, 12 Cummings Rd., Brighton. The group meets most Wednesdays, but 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.

Seuda Shlisheet Speakers

Please join us for Seuda Shlisheet when we welcome the following speakers:

December 16th: Professor Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, where she served as the director of the graduate clinical program, will speak on "Between pride and guilt - resilience and vulnerability in Israeli mothers of soldiers." She is currently a visiting scholar at the Haddasah–Brandeis Institute. Rivka is also the academic head of the Community Services Unit of NATAL, the Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War. She specializes in trauma treatment and research, serves as a consultant to international trauma organizations, and has been involved in the establishment of a trauma center in Bronzeville, Chicago, to prevent and treat urban violence. Her research fields include coping with trauma and stress, identity re-construction following trauma and crises, and the gendered aspects of coping with trauma. In the last years, she specifically focuses on trauma narratives, at both the individual and collective levels, and their role as therapeutic tools following adversity. Currently, she is running  a unique intervention for US and Israeli veterans which she co-developed, and is based on using video and films to cope with traumatic events. Her current research project, on which she will talk today, deals with parents of soldiers, and their experiences and attitudes towards their son’s enlistment to combat service. She has published numerous papers and co-authored two books.

January 6, 2018: Professor Aviad (pseudonym), a historian of the modern Middle East, an expert on Yemeni history, has written extensively about the founding of the modern Yemeni state, clandestine Israeli military operations in Yemen, the proliferation of chemical weapons in the Middle East, and Yemen’s current civil war. Join us as we delve into the history and recent fate of this ancient community.

During Seuda Shlisheet, Professor Aviad will speak on "The Last Jews of Yemen." Between 1949 and 1951, nearly 50,000 Yemenite Jews, inspired by the words of David Ben Gurion, were flown to Israel on the wings of the now famous airlift known as Operation Magic Carpet. The unique religious customs and textual traditions of Yemenite Jewry, often described as the most authentic Jewish community, have made great contributions to Israeli culture, cuisine and music. Of the several thousand Jews left behind in 1951 only seventy are left. On his multiple visits to Yemen, Professor Aviad has spent time getting to know the last Jews of Yemen and has maintained contact with them during the current civil war. 

Motzei Shabbat, Professor Aviad will give an encore talk on "Israel's Secret Mission to Yemen During the 1960s."

Parent-Child Learning 

Motzei Shabbat, December 16, 2017, 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.

Young Family Shabbat Dinner

January 5, 2018: Save the date for our second Young Family Shabbat Dinner. More details to follow.

Upcoming Events in Hebrew

January 12, 2018: Please join us for our upcoming קבלת שבת, Hebrew Kabbalat Shabbat, in Israeli schools' style. We invite all children and families to welcome in Shabbat with us. Stay tuned for more details.

The Nentershausen Synagogue

January 28, 2018, 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.

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.

Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses

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. Dec. 10, 2017 - Fri. Dec. 15, 2017

Earliest time for Tallit & Tefillin 6:10 AM

Sunday 7:15, 8:00 & 9:00 AM
Monday 6:20 & 7:20 AM
Tuesday 6:30 & 7:30 AM
Wednesday - Chanukah 1 - 6:15 & 7:15 AM
Thursday - Chnuakah 2 6:15 & 7:15 AM
Friday - Chanukah 3 6:15 & 715 AM

Sunday through Thursday

Mincha 4:00 PM Maariv 4:25 PM


Shabbat Parshat Miketz- Shabbat Chanukah 12-16-17

Chanukah candles followed by Shabbat candles
Shabbat Candle Lighting 3:54 PM
Mincha 4:00 PM
Shacharit 7:00 & 8:45 AM
Sof Zman K'riat Sh'ma 9:23 AM
Mincha 3:45 PM
Seuda Shlisheet 4:05 PM
Maariv 4:55 PM
Shabbat Ends 5:00 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.