Welcome to Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

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    The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts (SCM) is a unique organization focused on bringing the diverse elements of our Jewish community together in unity.

  • Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

    We strive for this unity through meaningful and respectful dialogue and initiatives.

  • Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

    We offer programs and classes for individuals who thrive in settings that embrace diversity and personal growth.

  • Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

    We enhance the vitality of over 120 member congregations and minyanim.

  • Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

    By offering seminars and support for lay and professional leaders, we are proud to strengthen area synagogues and minyanim.

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One Community, Many Branches

Annual Tribute Celebration & Concert

In Honor of Alan Teperow’s 33 Years of Service to SCM

After 33 years as the Executive Director of Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, Alan Teperow will be retiring in September, 2015.  Please join us as we pay tribute to Alan and celebrate the accomplishments of SCM.



"The Paradox of Unity and Pluralism"

by Craig Schneider

K'lal Yisrael means the unity of the Jewish people.  The Jewish people are extremely diverse, with a rainbow of cultures, ethnicities, traditions, and of course religious practices.  How can we be both united and pluralistic?

I was privileged to participate in the bi-annual Synagogue Council of Massachusetts Unity Mission to New York on November 9th and 10th to explore these issues.  We were a group of about 30 representing modern Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, and unaffiliated congregations (I was the lone Reconstructionist), as well as three people from Haifa, and two young rabbis who joined us once we arrived in New York.




Calling All Women: Join the KOLOT Community For Spring Study!

Our long-time study program for Jewish women will be starting up again for a
3-session evening series and we have great classes in store.  Those interested in the joy of Jewish learning as part of a diverse group of warm Jewish women are encouraged to sign up for a superb experience. We are proud to present top-notch faculty members this spring:  Anita Diamant, Rabbi Liza Stern and Geni Bleich.

For further information, click here.


Our Blog

The Synagogue Provides Comfort During Trying Times


BLOGPOST By Alan Teperow

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:12pm

Nachamu, Nachamu Ami – Comfort, Comfort My People

Our summer jaunts to the beach may have been peaceful, but they didn’t provide the kind of comfort many of us needed this summer. In a recent Shabbat sermon, Rabbi Wes Gardenswartz referenced these prophetic words of Isaiah, suggesting that the kind of inner peace we seek only comes when we are together with fellow Jews, in our synagogues and communities.



Five-Year Calendar of Jewish Holidays 

Do you ever need to plan ahead, perhaps a year or more, keeping in mind the Jewish holidays? Or, maybe you want to be absolutely sure your community or school district is aware of Jewish holidays to avoid scheduling conflicts.  If so, click here for a five-year calendar of Jewish holidays produced by USCJ.


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As a non-profit associate of Amazon, the Synagogue Council receives a percentage of every sale initiated from our web site.  Please click here for all your Amazon.com purchases.

Thank you very much for your support of SCM!


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Featured Events

Hold These Dates for Upcoming Events


“Boosting Digital Success & Fundraising for Synagogues”

with Jvillage Network and Evans Consulting Group

RESCHEDULED AGAIN DUE TO SNOWSTORM: Tuesday, March 10 from 8:30-10:30 am at Temple Shalom, Newton

Register to Attend

Righteous Rebel: Rabbi Avi Weiss

Documentary film followed by discussion with Rabbi Yonah Berman of Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe, Brighton


Wednesday, April 29
7:30 pm at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton


Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture

Featuring a conversation between Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Ofir and Bat-Galim Shaer (parents of Gilad Shaer, whose courageous phone call alerted the world that he and two of his peers had been kidnapped)


Sunday, March 22 at 7:30 pm at Temple Emanuel, Newton

Avoid the lines.  Sign up now.

Join us for dinner with our Birnbaum Lecture speakers:
cost $40 per person.  Click here to register.

SCM is able to offer the Birnbaum Lecture each year at no cost due to the generosity of family and friends. We encourage you to become a Birnbaum Lecture sponsor by clicking here.

Sponsorship begins at $36 (donations of $36 and above will be listed in the printed Program).

Re-Envisioning Congregational Membership

Management Symposium with OTI, JDI and URJ’s Northeast Congregational Communities featuring an address by Rabbi Dan Judson on re-envisioning synagogue dues, followed by dialogue and break-out groups.

Tuesday, May 19 from 5:00-8:30 pm at Temple Shalom, Newton


SCM Supports Synagogues in Transition


As Temple Beth El in Quincy prepares to close its doors and merge with Temple Shalom of Milton (to become Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills), Alan Teperow met with Rabbi Fred Benjamin (2nd from right) and officials from the former Beth El congregation.  Together, we are working to ensure that all sacred artifacts, ritual objects and stained glass windows will find a proper home for future use and commemoration.


Featured Synagogues & Minyanim

Our Featured Congregation for Shevat/Adar is Temple Aliyah, a Conservative congregation in Needham. We are pleased to recognize the synagogue in celebration of the its 50th anniversary this year. Visit Temple Aliyah's website for more information and to see the line-up of events celebrating this special milestone.
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