Welcome to Temple B'nai Brith in Somerville!
Our building is currently closed, but our community is here for you.
We are an independent egalitarian congregation. Our membership reflects the wide variety of choices people make in living Jewish lives, and we are respectful of those differences. We welcome all who care about enriching Jewish life in Somerville and surrounding towns.
ALL PROGRAMS ARE CURRENTLY ONLINE
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Join us ONLINE for...
Kabbalat Shabbat Services: every Friday 6:00-6:45pm
Shabbat Morning Services: every Saturday 9:30am-12pm
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929: Learning TaNaKh Together Online
Every other Saturday: 8:30-9:30am
Always wanted to read the entire Bible? Wondering what happens after the people of Israel leave Egypt and arrive in the Promised Land? Now is your chance! TBB is participating in Project 929 – Reading the Hebrew Bible Together! We will read five chapters each week, and discuss ONLINE every other week. We also have an email group and Facebook group where discussion questions keep the conversation going as we read between sessions.
Torah (not) at Panera Online
We will meet ONLINE for the time being.
8:00-9:00am Tuesday mornings
Join Temple B'nai Birth's weekly Torah study! Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz will lead a short, informal discussion of the weekly Torah portion. No Hebrew or previous knowledge is necessary. Contact email@example.com for more info.
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The Lost Shtetl
by Max Gross
7pm Wednesday, February 17th
What if there was a town that history missed?For decades, the tiny Jewish shtetl of Kreskol existed in happy isolation, virtually untouched and unchanged. Spared by the Holocaust and the Cold War, its residents enjoyed remarkable peace. It missed out on cars, and electricity, and the internet, and indoor plumbing. But when a marriage dispute spins out of control, the whole town comes crashing into the twenty-first century.
Pesha Lindauer, who has just suffered an ugly, acrimonious divorce, suddenly disappears. A day later, her husband goes after her, setting off a panic among the town elders. They send a woefully unprepared outcast named Yankel Lewinkopf out into the wider world to alert the Polish authorities.
Venturing beyond the remote safety of Kreskol, Yankel is confronted by the beauty and the ravages of the modern-day outside world – and his reception is met with a confusing mix of disbelief, condescension, and unexpected kindness. When the truth eventually surfaces, his story and the existence of Kreskol make headlines nationwide.
Returning Yankel to Kreskol, the Polish government plans to reintegrate the town that time forgot. Yet in doing so, the devious origins of its disappearance come to the light. And what has become of the mystery of Pesha and her former husband? Divided between those embracing change and those clinging to its old world ways, the people of Kreskol will have to find a way to come together . . . or risk their village disappearing for good.
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Our Community welcomes the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, and sexual orientations.
Temple B'nai Brith is proud to be wheelchair accessible. Our accessible entrance is at the rear of the building and equipped with an intercom system. The accessible restroom is located at the front of the building on the ground level. Our elevator provides access to all three levels.
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