Vilna Shul Events


Lifesavers Speakers Series: Aid Angel - Fighting Opioid Addiction

Lifesavers Speaker Series | Monday, January 23, 2017, 7:00 pm

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

Scotch and Schmooze

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6:00 pm

Join the Vilna Shul for a fun evening of Scotch & Schmooze, our networking happy hour event. Meet fellow members of the Beacon Hill and downtown business community, friends in the neighborhood and patrons of the Vilna. Read more

Happy Birthday Trees: Tu B’Shvat Celebration

Downtown Young Families | Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 10:30 am

In honor of Tu B'Shvat (the Jewish "new year for the trees"), the Vilna Shul and West End Library will celebrate the environment. Join us for stories, crafts, sensory tables, and seed planting as we learn how to take care of our planet. Children of all ages are welcome. Read more

Adult Learning Class with Dr. David Ariel: The History of Zionism and Israel, 1882-1948

February 7, 21; March 7, 21; April 25; May 2

The course covers the history of Zionism and Israel from the emergence of modern Zionism in 1882 until 1948. Topics include the origins and different visions of Zionism, Jewish immigration, the growth of Arab nationalism, the period of the British Mandate for Palestine, the civil war, the War of Independence, the founding of the State of Israel, the Palestinian refugees, and the Altalena Affair. Read more

Confronting Anti-Semitism: Family Awareness Program

Downtown Young Families | Friday, February 10, 2017, 7:00 pm

This interactive workshop will discuss the meaning and manifestations behind anti-Semitism, as well as strategies to respond. Kosher-style pizza dinner included. Designed for children in grades 6-12. Parents of middle school children required to attend with their child; high school parents welcome. Read more

Basics of the Worship Service: Enhancing your Experience

2/12/2017, 2/26/2017, 3/5/2017, 3/19/2017, 3/26/2017, 4/2/2017

Know how to read Hebrew but don’t necessarily understand what you are reading? Join Rabbi Sam Seicol for a class that explores the meaning and translation of some basic vocabulary of the liturgy and explains the history and sources of the prayers. Read more

Lunch & Learn: What is Love in the Hebrew Bible?

Wednesdays, March 15, 29; Apr 5, 26; May 10, 24

Ahava – love. It is not used to describe the first biblical relationship - that between Adam and Eve. Nor is it used to describe the connection between Noah and his wife, or Abraham and Sarah. How then are “love relationships” understood in Tanach? This course studies love relationships between Abraham, Sarah and Isaac; Isaac, Rebekah and their twin sons Jacob and Esau; Jacob and Rachel; King David and Jonathan; God and Israel. Read more

Seniors Connect! Wills and Trusts

Seniors Connect! | Thursday, March 16, 2017, 10:00 am

Join Seniors Connect! over coffee and babka for an interactive discussion with a practicing lawyer from Mintz Levin law firm to explore legal matters relating to aging: wills, trusts, and proxies. Read more