One Community, Many Branches
Shabbaton Experiment Surpasses All Expectations
This year's Community Shabbaton -- jointly sponsored by SCM, Hebrew College and CJP's Commission on Jewish Life & Learning -- took on a new, collaborative look with fabulous learning and the same sense of community and great davening/worship we've learned to expect from past Shabbat gatherings.
Based on the Meah learning model, our theme, "What About God," was taught by four of Meah's amazing faculty members: Dr. Marc Brettler, Dr. Rabbi Shaye Cohen, Dr. Deeana Klepper and Dr. Jacob Meskin, who explicated biblical, rabbinic, medieval and modern perspectives, respectively, on this important and provocative theme.
Pictured here are Alan Teperow (holding the kiddush cup for Havdallah) along with Steve Lipman (holding the Havdallah candle), Suzanne Hanser Teperow and Vice President Fred Cohen (in the background).
Read what people who attended this year's Shabbaton had to say about their experience.
We are all on a journey – Join Us, Champion Us, Support Us!
We have a diverse group of volunteers from all walks of life who find our mission of dialogue, respect and Jewish unity meaningful.
Recently, we asked our lay leaders to share their stories. Over the coming months, we hope you will find this series enlightening and inspiring.
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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Plan NOW to Attend the 11th Annual
Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture
Nancy K. Kaufman
- Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Jewish Women
- Former Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston
Sunday, March 30 @ 7:30 pm
at Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley
This lecture is free and open to the public, made possible by the generosity of the Birnbaum family and our friends. To donate to the Lecture's fund, click here.
For security purposes, everyone must be registered for this event. Avoid the lines - sign-up now.
Join us for "Dinner with Nancy" at 5:30 pm ($40 per person) for an up-close-and-personal conversation to learn more about Nancy's background, passions and concerns. Please send your check to: Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, 1320 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02459, or pay securely here.
Annual Tribute Celebration
Save the Date
Wednesday, June 11 at 6:00 pm
at Temple Aliyah, Needham
Honoring three wonderful community leaders...
SCM's Annual Tribute Celebration, a celebration of Jewish unity and diversity, is an opportunity to learn about the important work of this year’s special honorees and the unique accomplishments of the Synagogue Council. You will also experience a wonderful evening of celebration, Jewish music, and learning… not to mention great food! Join us on June 11th at Temple Aliyah, Needeham to support SCM’s efforts to strengthen the synagogue and promote dialague and understanding within our diverse Jewish community. Watch your mail and email for particulars.
Funny, you don't look Pewish...
Presidents and Vice-Presidents enjoyed a moving D'var Torah by Rabbi Dan Berman, focusing on transdenominationalism, and engaging dialogue at SCM's January 26th annual President's Council Meeting at Temple Reyim in Newton.
We were privileged to explore the critical topic "What Can Congregations Learn from the Pew's "Portrait of American Jewry?" with Leonard Saxe, Director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University.
Some of Len's key findings can be reviewed here.
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- American Jewish Committee
- American Jewish Historical Society
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- Cohen Camps
- Combined Jewish Philanthropies
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- Paulette's Ballet Studio
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- Schlossberg & Solomon Memorial Chapel
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- Stanetsky Memorial Chapels
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