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Breakfasts - Lecture Series


One of the most visible of Brotherhood's programs is the Isaiah Breakfast Speaker Series which brings interesting, educational, and provocative speakers to our congregation seven to eight times each year. Speakers come to teach, inform, and entertain, covering topics as diverse as Jewish/Israeli history, the US economy, anti-Semitism and retirement planning. The talks encourage us to think, grow and debate.  Recent speakers have come to us from influential synagogues across the US, from top university faculties and also from our own congregation. 

Our Breakfast series include a delicious bagel and lox breakfast, and are free to Brotherhood members. Admission to the breakfasts is free to paid up Brotherhood members, and $10 to all others.

Breakfasts Schedule for 2017 - 2018: September 17, November 5, December 17, January 7, February 11, March 4, and April 22

"Writing Us Back Into History: Stories of Jewish Women in Music"
Sunday, May 7, 2017

For too many years, Jewish women were excluded from the story of Jewish music. This talk will correct that history, as we look at Jewish women who have made musical history within the Jewish community and in the greater society. Included will be stories of Jewish women cantors, composers, singers, instrumentalists, and conductors from the 16th Century to the present.

Judith S. Pinnolis currently works at Berklee College of Music/Boston Conservatory at Berklee libraries. She serves as an Adjunct Professor of Music in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College and previously taught at the School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in NYC. For 22 years, she worked as a librarian at Brandeis University. Judy is the creator and editor of the Jewish Music WebCenter at

Her publications include scholarly articles, such as “’Cantor Soprano’ Julie Rosewald: The Musical Career of a Jewish American ‘New Woman’” published in The American Jewish Archives Journal. Judy is a contributor on Jewish music for the Basic Music Library: Essential Scores and Sound Recordings, 4th Edition (forthcoming), Encyclopedia Judaica, Women and Music in America Since 1900: An Encyclopedia, The Reader's Guide to Judaism, and other reference works.

As a librarian, Pinnolis chaired the Jewish Music Roundtable of the Music Library Association for 13 years, served as Chair of Chapters Council of ACRL (the Association of College and Research Libraries), was President for ACRL/New England Region, and was a member of the Leadership Council of ACRL of the American Library Association. She received her B.A. in Music from Newcomb College of Tulane University, a M.M. from the College-Conservatory of Music at The University of Cincinnati, and her M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College. Her love of Jewish music led her to study Yiddish at Columbia and at Vilnius University.