Vilna Shul Events


Intro to Hebrew taught by Rabbi Sam Seicol

September 11, 25; October 30; November 6, 13

Learn to read Hebrew: no prior knowledge of Hebrew required. Participants will be taught Hebrew reading skills, basic prayer vocabulary, and fundamental aspects of Hebrew grammar. Read more

Family High Holiday Programming

Downtown Young Families | Erev Rosh Hashanah October 2; Rosh Hashanah October 3; Kol Nidre October 11; Yom Kippur October 12

Join the Vilna Shul for a family High Holiday experience! Generous underwriting allows the Vilna to offer family services, to be enjoyed by children and parents together, at no cost to participants. Registration required. Read more

High Holiday Adult Services at Vilna Shul

High Holidays | Erev Rosh Hashanah October 2; Rosh Hashanah October 3; Kol Nidre October 11; Yom Kippur October 12

Join the Vilna for non-denominational, egalitarian, High Holiday services run by Havurah on the Hill. Led by Rabbi Ben Lanckton and Deborah Melkin, services are conducted in Hebrew with English readings, with explanations and teachings throughout the rituals. Services are community-led with a variety of familiar melodies and tunes for both new-comers and seasoned attendees. Registration is required. Read more

Scotch and Schmooze in the Sukkah!

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:00 pm

Come. Drink. Nosh. Network. As we like to say, “We’ll bring the scotch, you bring the schmooze.” Scotch and Schmooze is the Vilna’s signature business networking open house. Join us for food, drink, and making connections with like-minded people. Read more

Lifesavers Speakers Series: Unseen Enemy

Lifesavers Speaker Series | Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:00 pm

See exclusive, never before seen footage in this documentary film that focuses on epidemics such as AIDS, Ebola and more. Filmmaker Janet Tobias and Boston Medical Center Infectious Disease doctors Elke Muhlberger and Nahid Bhadelia join us for an interactive conversation. Read more

Book Premiere: Author Alice Hoffman

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 7:00 pm

Author Alice Hoffman reads excerpts from her newest book, Faithful, out on November 1. Admission to this event includes a signed copy of the book. Read more

Lifesavers Speakers Series: Aid Angel - Fighting Opioid Addition

Lifesavers Speaker Series | Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:00 pm

The Lifesavers Speakers Series features stories from people saving lives and making a difference every day. Businessman John Rosenthal and Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello found a unique way to combat opioid addition and have had such success with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Institute that their methodology is now being implemented in communities across the country. Read more

CAJM 2017 Conference

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 10:00 am

The Council of American Jewish Museums is delighted to announce that its 2017 conference will take place in Boston and Amherst, and the Vilna's own Barnet Kessel is serving as a Host Chair! Read more