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.

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

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    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

Featuring Zamir Chorale of Boston and SAFAM

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.

 

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"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.

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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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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.


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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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Featured Events

M’Dor L’Dor

At SCM's April 21, 2015 Board of Directors meeting, David Bernat (right) was welcomed warmly by Alan Teperow after the Board had voted, unanimously, to name Bernat as Teperow’s successor. The Jewish Advocate article (below) tells the Synagogue Council’s story of growth and transition.

Synagogue Council of Massachusetts (SCM) this week announced Dr. David Bernat as the pluralistic organization’s new executive director. At press time Bernat had not been officially appointed, but SCM’s board was expected to approve Bernat’s candidacy at a meeting on April 21. Bernat will succeed Alan Teperow, the head of SCM since 1982, who has announced he will be retiring later this year.

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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. More than 500 people heard Ofir's words on March 22nd at Temple Emanuel... 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.

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Re-Envisioning Congregational Membership

An engaging Management Symposium, with OTI, JDI and Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island URJ Community, was held on Tuesday, May 19 at Temple Shalom of Newton.  With over 150 people in attendance, Rabbi Dan Judson addressed the group on re-envisioning synagogue dues.  Following Rabbi Judson's keynote, was a panel discussion with Rabbi Toba Spitzer, Judith Emanuel, Brad York, Rob Carver and moderater Alan Teperow.


Alan Teperow Honored in Haifa

As a surprise gesture during CJP's Boston-Haifa Connection (BHC) Steering Committee meetings, the leadership of BHC and Congregation Moriah — Haifa's Conservative congregation — paid tribute to Alan for his years of service both in Boston, and in Haifa.

At the Moriah dinner in Alan's honor were members of the shul's Board of Directors, several Unity Mission alumni from Haifa, and Vered Israeli, CJP's Director of the BHC in Haifa. The synagogue's 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 honored with a plaque and words of tribute from the BHC for a decade of service to its Living Bridges Committee. Right photo: Vered Israeli with Alan

Pictured above are (Left photo from left to right) Rabbi Haiyun, Alan Teperow, and Peter Lawton (Moriah's President)

Featured Synagogues & Minyanim


Our Featured Congregation for Nisan/Iyar is Temple Sinai, a Reform congregation in Brookline. We are pleased to recognize the synagogue in celebration of its 75th anniversary this year. Visit Temple Sinai's website for more information and to see the line-up of events celebrating this special milestone.
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