September 3, 2015 / 19th of Elul, 5775
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We are a Conservative synagogue with a membership of 400 family units. We provide religious, educational and cultural programming across all age groups. KI promotes a Judaism that is morally powerful, intellectually alive and personally transforming.

Congregation Kehillath Israel is a warm, vibrant and inclusive community committed to enriching Jewish life. Our members are from all generations and a variety of backgrounds, striving together to create a sacred space that welcomes G-d’s presence as we pray, study and serve together. We welcome everyone and invite you to help build our community. Please join us!

Programs include:
-A growing and vibrant religious school for ages 5-13
-Young leadership programs and dues rates for people in their 20s and 30s
-KICKS (KI Community Kabbalat Shabbat), soulful, energetic Friday night t’filah and nourishing, inclusive communal activities that draws 50-80 people of all ages every Friday night
-Israel Affairs Committee
-Nursery school
-Social justice team

Congregation Kehillath Israel’s commitments to education, Zionism and Jewish tradition have thrived for more than 90 years, ever since KI was established as the first Brookline synagogue in 1917. We are proud of the more than 60 rabbis and professional educators who have grown up in our community over the years. We strive to continue to strengthen our bond with Israel, provide first-rate learning experiences and enable congregants from all backgrounds to experience the holiness of prayer.

Our Events

  • Tuesday, September 8
    7:30pm – 8:30pm
    Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline map
    Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services can be difficult to access for interfaith couples. This workshop will highlight the major themes of the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with an eye towards making the High Holidays more meaningful and less intimidating. Read More
  • Friday, September 11
    6:00pm – 8:30pm
    Kehillath Israel, Brookline map
    FREE
    Register HereRegistration closes on September 10
    Get into the holiday spirit with an apple and honey Kiddush, immediately following Friday night services. Read More
  • Saturday, September 12
    12:00pm – 1:30pm
    Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline map
    FREE
    We will look beyond the literal at alternative ways to understand the power of U'netaeh Tokef's message and its potential to turn our hearts to T'shuvah - a mindful returning - allowing us to re-write our stories in our own Book of Life. Read More
  • Saturday, September 12
    12:00pm – 1:30pm
    Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline map
    FREE
    Explore the music of the High Holiday liturgy. We’ll learn melodies and harmonies that you can bring to High Holiday services to create a richer and more musical experience. All are welcome! Read More
  • Saturday, September 26
    12:00pm – 1:30pm
    Congregation Kehilath Israel, Brookline map
    FREE
    One of the most beautiful mitzvot - joining together the four species during Sukkot, is also one of the most mysterious. We will explore the hidden meanings of these symbols through traditional and modern commentary and discuss what this ritual continues to teach us. Read More

Our Blogs

  • Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for KI's inaugural communal opportunity to honor the survivor community and share some poignant and special time at twilight on Saturday, erev Yom Hashoah in our Main Sanctuary.  Featured speakers will include KI representatives of the survivor community, Liz Walker, Pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church, and Israel's Consul General to New England, Yehuda Yaakov.  All are welcome.

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  • Rabbi Rachel Silverman tells us about Congregation Kehillath Israel's approach to the High Holidays.

    Like what you see? Sign up to attend services at Congregation Kehillath Israel through High Holiday Ticket Match!

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  •  “You spent how much on a purse? It’s just a bag!”

    “You want to spend the weekend playing sports instead of visiting my family?”

    “Am I the only one around here who does the dishes?”


    Sound familiar?

    The decision to get married or to make an official commitment to a life partner is perhaps the biggest decision that we make as individuals (and contrary to popular belief, it’s not the last). It requires subsuming our personal identity and des...

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