Congregation History

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

Here is a short timeline of the congregation:


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.


The first Humanistic High Holiday service  and Chanukah celebration take place in Boston.

1979The Sunday school is started.
1980The name "Community of Choice" is chosen and translated into Hebrew: Kahal B'raira (KB).

Congregation celebrates its first Bar Mitzvah, that of Daniel Dain.

1986Steven & Linda Brion-Meisels chair the Sunday School Committee and serve as first Principals.
1989First KB graduates teach Sunday School: Evonne Wetzner & Josh Dodes.
1999100 families are in the congregation.
2003KB hires Gladys Maged as administrative facilitator.
2006KB hosts the Society for Humanistic Judaism Conference and (a year late) celebrates its 30th anniversary
2007KB moves to Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge.

This is just a small sample of the rich history of Kahal B'raira. Please take a look at the KB detailed history for more insight into the congregation's history.