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We Care Club

The We Care Club will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 22, and May 17 at The Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St.

This interactive family program combines literature and learning with hands-on philanthropy.

Visit vilnashul.org for more information.

‘From Sarnoff to Seinfeld’

Join Professor Rachel Greenblatt for “From Sarnoff to Seinfeld: Televisual Jews in Historical Context” - a six-session series that explores the relationship and portrayal of Jews on the small screen and Jews and Jewish culture in American society from 7:30 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 16 at The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, 18 Phillips St.

Visit vilnashul.org for more information.

‘Understanding History through Reproduction’

The Boston Athenæum 10½ Beacon St. will host “Reading Craft: Understanding History through Reproduction” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16.

Panelists from Current Projects and North Bennet Street School – representing the worlds of traditional woodworking and craft bookbinding – will explore the significance of their work in conjunction with the “Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library” exhibition: a full-scale replica of a unique Colonial Revival bookcase, a faithful copy of a seventeenth-century “bookpress,” and leather-bound books emulating those in the historic King’s Chapel Library. The exhibition will be on view through Mar. 14.

Visit bostonathenaeum.org for more information and required registration. Members are $15 and Non-members are $20.

Darkness into Light Service

“Darkness into Light: A Contemplative Service of Lament into Hope” will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St.

The burst of festive lights and Christmas music can feel overwhelming at the holiday, if we can’t locate joy in our hearts or in our spirits. Naming and claiming our true feelings in community through a contemplative candle lit service of lament and hope, is one way of connecting to the inner well-spring of God’s love for us.

All are welcome to join them for this quiet meditative service if making space for grief and loss and fear and uncertainty and finding a glimmer of hope and light in your life all feel right for you during this holiday season.

Visit stpaulboston.org for other information.

Messiah Sing

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. invites you to their annual Messiah Sing from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18. They will perform the popular sing-along version of Handel’s “Messiah” sung by the schola with you the audience as the chorus. Come and sing, come and listen, come and enjoy.

Visit st.paulboston.org for more information.

Wacky holiday films

The Wacky Holiday Film Series will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St. as follows: Dec. 18: Gremlins (1984) Visit bpl.org/events for other information.

‘Burlesque 101’

“The Old Howard Theatre” exhibit curator Duane Lucia will share video clips as he traces burlesque’s history and evolution at “Burlesque 101” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19 at the West End Museum, 150 Staniford St. (entrance on Lamasney Way) Admission $10; free to museum members.

Visit thewestendmuseum.org for other information.

Caroling on the Common

Caroling on Boston Common (139 Tremont St.) will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, led by the First Parish in Brookline.

There are plenty of sleigh bells for the kids (of all ages) and music will be provided. They will be gathering in front of the Christmas tree at 6:45 p.m. After the caroling you are welcome to join them at the Thinking Cup on Tremont Street for hot cocoa or coffee and conversation.

Blue Christmas service

A Blue Christmas service will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 at the Park Street Church, One Park St.

A Blue Christmas service brings comfort and offers hope. Park Street’s service is designed to welcome seeking friends. Join them in the Welcome Center for jazz and a cappella music, a reading of The Ragman parable, singing and a time of prayer.

Visit parkstreet.org for more information.

Frog Pond skating

The Frog Pond on Boston Common is now open for skating. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Mondays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

The pond will be closed on Christmas Day.

For more information, call 617-635-2120 or visit bostonfrogpond.com.

Prayer Circle

A Prayer Circle will be held at noon on Fridays at St. John’s Chapel at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St.

Everyone is welcome to come and pray, or be silent, and/or sit and talk for a while.

Visit st.paulboston.org for more information.