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.
The Synagogue Provides Comfort During Trying Times
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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Thank you very much for your support of SCM!
Hold These Dates for Upcoming Events
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).
“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
Righteous Rebel: Rabbi Avi Weiss
Documentary film followed by discussion with Rabbi Yonah Berman of Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe, Brighton
RESCHEDULED DUE TO LIMITED PARKING
Wednesday, April 29
7:30 pm at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton
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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Join our growing list of advertisers by contacting our office.
- 20th Century Illuminations
- Abrams Little-Gill Loberfeld PC
- Advantage Payroll Services
- American Jewish Committee
- American Jewish Historical Society
- Brezniak Rodman Funeral Directors
- Camp Yavneh
- Century Bank
- Cheryl Ann's of Brookline
- Cohen Camps
- Combined Jewish Philanthropies
- Dushez Catering
- Gann Academy - The New Jewish High School
- Goddard House
- Goldman Paper Company, Inc.
- Hebrew SeniorLife
- Hopple Popple
- Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program
- Israel Book Shop
- Jewish Family & Children's Service
- Jvillage Network
- Levine Chapels, Inc.
- Lit-Flynn Insurance
- Maimonides School
- Paulette's Ballet Studio
- Prime Motor Group
- Sands Creative Group
- Schlossberg & Solomon Memorial Chapel
- Sharon Memorial Park
- Sheldon A. Cohen Insurance
- Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston
- Stanetsky Memorial Chapels
- The Village Bank
- Torf Funeral Chapels
- Tova's Catering
- The Victor Center
- Zamir Chorale of Boston, Inc.