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Our History

Kahal B’raira has flourished since its humble beginnings in September of 1975.

Here is a short timeline of the congregation:

  • 1975 Rabbi Sherwin Wine, founder of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, asks Barbara and Seymour (Sy) Schnuer to organize a congregation in Boston. On September 19th, the first meeting is held.
  • 1978 The first Humanistic High Holiday service and Chanukah celebration take place in Boston.
  • 1979 The Sunday school is started.
  • 1980 The name “Community of Choice” is chosen and translated into Hebrew: Kahal B’raira (KB).
  • 1984 Congregation celebrates its first Bar Mitzvah, that of Daniel Dain.
  • 1986 Steven & Linda Brion-Meisels chair the Sunday School Committee and serve as first Principals.
  • 1989 First KB graduates teach Sunday School: Evonne Wetzner & Josh Dodes.
  • 1999 100 households are in the congregation.
  • 2003 KB hires Gladys Maged as administrative facilitator.
  • 2006 KB hosts the Society for Humanistic Judaism Conference and (a year late) celebrates its 30thanniversary
  • 2007 KB moves to Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge.
  • 2019 Gladys Maged retires as administrative facilitator, Lidia Pruente is hired as managing director.
Mon, 4 March 2024