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Annual Tribute Celebration & Concert
In Honor of Alan Teperow’s 33 Years of Service to SCM
After 33 years as the Executive Director of the 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.
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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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Birnbaum Lecture Offers Emotion and Inspiration
Together We Stand:
Responding to the Challenges of Our Times
Ofir and Bat-Galim are the parents of Gilad Shaer, one of three Israeli teenagers kidnapped and murdered in June as they were hitch-hiking to their homes. We were so honored that Ofir made the long trek from Israel to Boston in March — his third to the States in five weeks — to offer an uplifting message of connection and unity. Ofir's words are a beautiful response to the unfathomable tragedy his famlly has endured. We truly felt that his son, Gilad, was our son and that the Shaers' loss was our collective loss.
Responding to Ofir's talk was a moving and engaging presentation by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, CEO of the Union for Reform Judaism, from his perspective as CEO of the world's largest denomination of Judaism.
Pictured here are Alan Teperow offering thanks to Rick Jacobs and Ofir Shaer while Herbert Birnbaum expresses his appreciation to our speakers and to SCM's Executive Director.
Music is an important part of our tradition and has become a fixture in the annual Birnbaum Lecture programs. This year featured a musical prelude of Kol Nidre for piano and cello, followed by three pieces by the Zachor Choral Ensemble, including the premiere of Alan Nelson's new arrangement of Safam's Nachamu Ami for chorus.
Hold These Dates for Upcoming Events
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
Re-Envisioning Congregational Membership
Management Symposium with OTI, JDI and Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island URJ Community 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
$36 per individual which includes all program materials and a kosher dinner.
Alan Teperow Honored by Haifa Congregation
As a surprise gesture during CJP's Boston-Haifa Connection (BHC) Steering Committee meetings, the leadership of Congregation Moriah — Haifa's Conservative congregation — paid tribute to Alan for his years of service both in Boston, and in Haifa.
At the dinner in Alan's honor were members of the Moriah Board of Directors, several Unity Mission alumni from Haifa, and Vered Israeli, CJP's Director of the BHC in Haifa. About the honor, Rabbi Dubi Haiyun commented, "please consider this our modest way of thanking you for all that you have done. And remember that you and Suzanne are always welcome as honored guests at Kehillat Moriah and in my home." Alan was also honored with a plaque and words of tribute from the BHC for a decade of service to its Living Bridges Committee.
Pictured above are (left to right) Rabbi Haiyun, Alan Teperow, and Peter Lawton (Moriah's President)
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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