The AREV-MA (Anita Redner Empowerment Vehicle) granting initiative, honoring the memory of Anita Redner z"l, was designed to encourage the cultivation of innovative leadership models in congregational settings by providing synagogues with funding for the development of new programming around young leadership (of any gender) and women’s mentorship and leadership and given the continuing challenges of today’s world, the initiative has been expanded to provide support for new projects that seek to increase and enhance engagement for any groups who have traditionally been underserved by synagogues, as well as those who are currently underserved as a result of Covid-19. For more information and the grant application, click here.

18th Annual
Connie Spear Birnbaum
Memorial Lecture and
Chai Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, May 2, 2021
12:30 pm EDT
from the comfort of your own home

The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts is honored to join lecture founder, Dr. Herbert Birnbaum and the Birnbaum family, in presenting the Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture. This year's program features noted journalist and author, Yossi Klein HaLevi in conversation with Benjamin Birnbaum addressing the important and provocative topic, "Holding the Jewish Center". An award-winning journalist, Ben is also Connie and Herb's son.

Synagogue Council of Massachusetts is delighted to welcome congregational presidents (or their representatives) to bi-monthly roundtable discussions facilitated by Daniel Langenthal ( on Thursday afternoons from 12:00-1:00. 

Synagogue Council’s roundtable is an opportunity for synagogue lay-leaders to talk with other lay-leaders, to brainstorm together, to learn from each other, to share innovations, concerns and challenges and to engage in peer-to-peer conversations and mentorship. 
Our roundtables will be held on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 12:00-1:00. Meetings on the third Thursday will be theme based and themes will change monthly. The theme on March 18th is "Transitions". On the first Thursday of the month, we will gather to address whatever concerns, challenges and ideas that you bring to the table. 

We invite congregational presidents (or their representatives) to join us when you are able and also to propose topics for the roundtable.

For more information and the Zoom link for our roundtable meetings, please contact Gretchen Marks Brandt,
Synagogue Council Maavar: Supporting Synagogues in Transition
Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Great Barrington is seeking an additional Yahrtzeit memorial board. Anyone with information to share, please contact Dan Burkhard.

Daf Yomi, Sunday Evenings at 7:30pm

Jesse Hefter's Daf Yomi class is currently learning Tractate Pesachim, which discusses the Passover laws, and at its end, the Seder night.

Scheduling Updates
3/21 7:45-8:45pm
3/28 and 4/4: No Class (Passover)
4/11 8:00-9:00pm

You are invited to join the group on this fascinating journey!

Please contact Gretchen Marks Brandt to receive the Zoom link for this free class.

Join the Jewish Climate Action Network-MA for programs to help you make your synagogue more sustainable. For more information about the programs see the descriptions on JCAN-MA website at To sign up for a webinar, email Janet Green at

Digital Rally: Dayenu!
We need a Just, Green Recovery
March 18
8 - 9:15pm ET / 5 - 6:15 PT
As vaccines become more widely available and relief funds are set to reach families, frontline workers, schools, and states, we can begin to turn from immediate relief to longer term recovery. The need to rebuild has given us a truly historic opportunity to invest in a clean energy future and address environmental injustice. As we ourselves emerge from a narrow place, we have a historic opportunity to reimagine our society and rebuild for a just and sustainable future.
On March 18, in the lead-up to Passover, join Dayenu for a Digital Rally kicking off a campaign to build back better with clean energy, good-paying jobs, and justice.
As we emerge from the narrow place and our country turns from relief to recovery, it is time to reimagine and rebuild a just and sustainable future. Join us!

2021 Interfaith Climate Summit
Healing, Helping and Building Resilience
Sunday, April 11th 2:00-4:00pm
Rabbi Katy Allen will be leading a session at this CREW event. As one of the co-conveners of the Jewish Climate Action Network, she is also the founder and spiritual leader of Ma'yan Tikvah. Katy received a Masters of Arts in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Newton, MA, in 1999, and rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale, NY, in 2005. She considers herself an eco-chaplain and writes about matters of the spirit and the world.

Third Jewish Climate Action Conference:
Everything is Connected
April 25, 2021
Noon-8pm (Eastern Time)
Free virtual
The Third Jewish Climate Action Conference: Everything Is Connected will build on the momentum of recent gatherings and discussions that have galvanized Jews throughout the country to become more involved in fighting climate change. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of sessions related to advocacy, carbon reduction, spiritual resilience, communal adaptation, and soil and agriculture. Issues of environmental justice and anti-racism will be woven into many of the sessions. The day-long event will be geared toward action solutions, strengthening the national Jewish climate action network, and integrating youth into our leadership. The conference will be national in scope and will also provide time for meeting with vendors and local organizing.
  • Opening panel discussing the interconnectedness of issues
  • Over 20 sessions to chose from
  • Closing joy-filled, music-filled event
Questions? Contact us at

Click here to see New England Yachad's many upcoming events.
Beantown Jewish Gardens

The Jewish Volunteer Gardening Brigade is a mobilization to support and engage new gardeners. As gardens spring up in our neighborhoods around greater Boston, we are answering the call to ensure they are delicious the entire growing season. At the same time, the Brigade connects small-scale efforts at growing food to build a more resilient web for all. We are members of an intergenerational, cross-denominational community, responsible for each other. We believe that our diversity is our strength that allows for cross-pollination of ideas.

It includes:

  • Monthly meetups, garden tours, and volunteer opportunities;
  • Access to peer learning and mentor/mentee matches;
  • An email-based online forum for sharing questions, celebrations and learning;
  • A weekly Shabbat email to inspire, inform, and move you to action;
  • End-of-season Sukkot celebration(s).

Beantown Jewish Gardens has been connecting the greater Boston Jewish food justice community since 2011. The sliding scale fee will provide the ingredients necessary to build our resiliency toolbox and a welcoming community in which nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. In addition, your generous donation will support the Brigade’s ability to engage and support local partners who are gardening for and with food insecure individuals.

More information and to sign up:
Safe Havens' annual IMPACT Awards ceremony will take place March 18th, 2021, at 7 pm, via Zoom.
We hope to see you there!
Center Makor

Inspo:Expo Winter 2020-21 Online Volunteer Match: Take a Look and Sign Up!

Inspo:Expo participants, supporters, and volunteers,

When in doubt, help. Small gestures in times of crisis can end up being the big gestures that made the difference.
— Stephen Curry

Inspo:Expo Online Volunteer Match. By CLICKING ON THIS LINK, you will see a list of Inspo:Expo partners who have remote (or low social contact) volunteer opportunities. If you scroll through and see something you're interested in, simply email the organization directly through their listed contact info.
Israeli-American Council

Ofek Hub
We are thrilled to kick off the new year at Ofek with a huge variety of courses in Hebrew, Israeli spirit and enrichment classes (over 70 courses!!!). We have courses for students of all ages, from ages six to one hundred twenty! All of our courses have a unique Israeli feel and connection. And on top of all that, you can meet like-minded community members from across the US and Canada. What are you waiting for?

Eitanim 2021
Entrepreneurship 101
Join our national community of tomorrow’s game-changers and register for
IAC Eitanim Spring semester!
American Jewish University

Jewish Futurisms: For Seekers, Tricksters and Students of Life

The Jewish State on the Global Stage

AJU's 17th Annual Biblical Trial

Judaism in a Godless World: Author Talk with Tara Isabella Burton

American Jewry Today: Challenges and Opportunities

Make Your Own Moufletta with the Sephardic Spice Girls!

A Memoir of Autism and Hope

Birth of the Jewish Nation: Documentary Code Name Ayalon
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston

Nicka Smith - Reverse Genealogy: Finding Cousins and Chasing the Living
March 21 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT, Virtual - ZOOM presented by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston
Cost: $5 Register at:

If you’ve found your ancestors, but you’re not sure where to start to locate their living descendants, learn tips and tricks to safely and respectfully discover the identities of your living cousins and perhaps make new connections.

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She hosts BlackProGen LIVE, an innovative web show about genealogy and family history for people of color. She has been a board member of many genealogical societies and has managed the Alameda County Youth Ancestral Project.

Join us next Thursday at 5pm for our Legislative Reception, which will include a Special Remembrance for Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants (of blessed memory) of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, a fearless advocate for justice and equality, featuring Governor Charlie Baker, Former Governor Deval Patrick, and Chief Justice Kimberly Budd. Click here to watch a preview.

JCRC Legislative Reception 2021
Thursday, March 18 at 5pm
Leah Robins & Dale Okonow, Co-Chairs

Closed captioning will be available.
Join JCRC and the MA Association of Jewish Federations (MAJF) for a virtual Legislative Reception to honor outstanding public officials who have demonstrated their commitment to our community's priorities. JCRC works with these public officials to advance the priorities of the organized Jewish community in Boston and ensure the allocation of funds in the State Budget to support social service agencies and protect vulnerable non-profit institutions.

Israeli Society and the Holocaust – A Work in Progress
Wednesday, March 24 at 12pm

Since the end of WW2, world Jewry grapples with the meaning of the Holocaust. Israeli society is dealing with this question in its collective memory, education system, political and social life. This session, featuring renowned educator Rachel Korazim, will explore the development of the Holocaust narrative in Israel from the early days, still under British Mandate, all the way to recent years. We will look at the Yad Vashem museum for insights into the history and possible future of Holocaust commemoration in Israel.

Climate Change and Environmental Justice with Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu and Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed
Tuesday, March 30th at 12pm

Join JCRC and the Arava Institute for a discussion with Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu and Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, Director of Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation at the Arava Institute about the current challenges of climate change and equity in climate policy. The impact of climate change looks different across socio-economic groups, often exacerbating pre-existing disparities. We will examine the challenges faced by different communities and the long-term implications.

Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies

Books at the Center
The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies presents a series of Zoom conversations with the authors of important new books in Jewish and Israel Studies.

4/6/21 at 12pm
Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler
The Bible with and without Jesus: How Christians and Jews Read the Same Stories

4/22/21 at 2pm
Mustafa Kabha and Nahum Karlinsky
The Lost Orchard: The Palestinian-Arab Citrus Industry, 1850-1949

Encounters with Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies

3/24 at 4pm
David Tollerton
Holocaust Memory and Britain's Religious-Secular Landscape
A broad survey of 21st century Holocaust memory in British public life, a particular focal point will be the new memorial project in central London and the ways in which its development has reflected Britain's religious-secular landscape.

4/14 at 4pm
Mark Geraghty
New Rwanda's On-Going Campaign Against "Genocide Ideology"
An examination of New Rwanda's on-going campaign against "genocide ideology," which is prohibited in law as "thoughts" of ethnic hatred that threaten the recurrence of genocide. It analyzes the narratives of those imprisoned for this crime and their inability to reconcile with this new apparatus of state terror.

BU Series in the Arts and Ideas

Tues. March 23 6:00 PM
         "Known and Strange Things" - A Conversation with Teju Cole   
The event is sponsored by the BU Center for the Humanities, Kilachand Honors College, the Office of the Provost, the CAS Dean’s Office, the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, the BU Arts Initiative, and the CAS Core Curriculum.

Virtual Enrichment Classes for Ages 0-12 yrs
Classes & Activities for All Ages & Interests
Winter Session

In-Person Outdoor Classes
Sports Mania and Dance & Movement
For ages 3-8 in Newton

Workshops and Classes for Adults
Visit Israel LIVE from Your Living Room on a Virtual Tour

Can’t get to Israel? Let Israel come to you. JNF is bringing hundreds of people to Israel—RIGHT NOW! Pack your bags and take a trip without leaving the comfort of your own home.
Your $50 registration fee per Zoom spot includes a week of touring. Invite your household to come along on the journey.
For one week, join us for one hour a day (Monday through Thursday) for live touring of Israel. After a short break, log back in for a one hour social dinner/cocktail hour. Friday will feature a one hour pre-Shabbat experience.

For more information on any of our virtual tours or to schedule your own, please contact Rebecca Cohen at or 212.879.9305 x256.
Everyone is welcome!

Journey Into Judaic Art: Free Classes with Jeanette Kuvin Oren at

Art of the Huppah Apr 19 12pm
Art of the Ketubah May 11, 12pm
Jewish Needlepoint June 10, 12pm
Jewish Mosaics July 12, 7pm

Jump-start the New Year with Team Sharsheret. 
Team Sharsheret can help you reach your 2021 fitness goals.
Become our next Team Sharsheret athlete and make your miles meaningful!
So many ways you can get involved: 
1. Reserve your slot for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Contact Becky Koren for more details. 
2. Join the #TeamSharsheret tag on the Peloton interface and meet your family and friends on the leaderboard with Sharsheret's Peloton initiative.
3. Have friends or family in Israel? Spread the word about joining our team in the Jerusalem Marathon on March 12, 2021. 
 4. Create your own race and make your miles meaningful. Register as an individual, community, or as a team of friends and family. Create a personalized peer-to-peer fundraising page on our site. It's fun, easy and we will give you all the tools you need to run a successful campaign. 
 For questions or for more information, please contact Ellen Kleinhaus.
 Thank you to Bernstein Liebhard and GSK for supporting Team Sharsheret.

Recipes and Tips for a Healthier Passover with Ilana Muhlstein, MS, RDN
Join us for this FREE national webinar. Dietitian Nutritionist, Published Author, Educator, and Mom, Ilana Muhlstein, MS, RDN (@ilanamuhlsteinrd), creator of 2BMindset™, will show us delicious recipes and share helpful tips on how to enjoy a healthier Passover.

This program is part of the "Sharsheret in the Kitchen" series, which brings nutritious kosher meal options to our holidays to help empower all of us at risk for breast and ovarian cancer to make healthy diet choices.

This program is made possible with generous support from Cedars-Sinai, and The Cooperative Agreement DP 19-1906 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By joining this program I understand and acknowledge that Sharsheret is not providing medical advice. Additionally, I release and waive Sharsheret from any liability in the event of any accident or injury I may incur either during the course of this webinar or in performing any of the activities discussed during the same. Sharsheret recommends consulting your medical provider before making any modifications to your routine.
Performing Disability in Israel
A two-part series
(Part Two April 22)

Explore the real-life experiences and artistic performances of people living with disability in Israel — a two-part series held in conjunction with Professor Ilana Szobel's course, Disability Cultures: Art, Film, and Literature of People with Disabilities, at Brandeis University.

Artists, writers, and scholars will examine the intersection of disability with Zionist ideology, gender, race, and class. Our presenters, thus, will examine the ways performance of disability on stage, on the screen, and in everyday life raises questions about Israeli subjectivity.

Free and open to all. Please register. Learn more and register:

Thursday, April 22, 2:00 - 3:00 PM Boston time
In the Kingdom of Fever: Tradition, Tuberculosis, and the Creation of Yiddish Poetry
Sunny Yudkoff is an assistant professor at The University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the author of "Tubercular Capital: Illness and the Conditions of Modern Jewish Writing," winner of the 2018 Salo Wittmayer Baron Book Prize (Stanford University Press, 2018).

Presented by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and cosponsored by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute; the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy; and the Program in Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP), all housed at Brandeis University.

If you enjoy academic presentations, we encourage you to join us for our biweeekly Schusterman Seminars. These are advanced seminars geared toward faculty and graduate students, and open to all, presenting the latest research in Israel Studies to the Schusterman Center community and beyond.
All seminars take place 12:00 - 1:00 PM Boston time, live via Zoom. Free. Registration required. Join us for one or all.
March 18, 2021
With Us More Than Ever: Making the Absent Rebbe Present in Messianic Chabad
Yoram Bilu, Professor (emeritus) of Anthropology and Psychology, Hebrew University
March 25, 2021
Voices Far and Near: Translating Contemporary Israeli Poetry
Adriana Jacobs, Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature, University of Oxford
April 15, 2021
Judaeophobia and Palestinophilia: Symptoms of Emancipation Anxiety in Late Imperial Russia
Olga Litvak, Laurie B. and Eric M. Roth Professor of Modern European Jewish History, Cornell University
April 29, 2021
Voice and Audience in the Israeli Lullaby
Lilach Lachman, Guest Lecturer in Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of Haif

Dr. Nora Gold
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, EDT
Join us for a discussion on Jewish women's writing with Dr. Nora Gold, award-winning author and editor of, and Israeli and American authors who will share their work and reflect on the creative process. The panel will explore every stage of the process, from publishing and curatorial issues to what we can learn about Jewish women’s lives from fiction.
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston (JBBBS) is recruiting children (ages 6-18) to participate in our impactful and comprehensive mentoring program which pairs children with an adult mentor who provides role-modeling, encouragement, and friendship. LGBTQ+ and questioning children can be matched with an adult in the LBGTQ+ community.

JBBBS supports children and their families by providing financial support, coaching, and referrals to other social services agencies. In the Children’s Program, matches meet 2 times a month, mostly on the weekends, for a minimum of one year.

We are also recruiting adults (18+) with mild to moderate disabilities to participate in our Friend 2 Friend Adults with Disabilities Program which introduces adults with disabilities to new friends in the community. In the Friend 2 Friend Program, matched friends meet 1-2 times a month for a minimum of one year.

All JBBBS in-person meetups follow CDC and Mass Govt. guidelines of social distancing and masks. Must be in the CJP Catchment.  Learn about how JBBBS has helped people across Greater Boston (in 90 cities and towns) at www.jbbbs.orgEnroll a child! Or contact For Friend 2 Friend Enroll Here! Or contact
CJP (Combined Jewish Philanthropies)

Virtual Events and Opportunities
There are opportunities for you to connect with others in the coming month. has something for everyone.