One Community, Many Branches
"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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Our long-time study series for Jewish women has started up again and we have a great year 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 great experience. We are proud to present top-notch faculty members this year, including: Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Professor Jane Kanarek, Marjorie Sokoll, Keren McGinity, Anita Diamant, Rabbi Liza Stern and Geni Bleich.
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Synagogue Council Organizes Bus Transportation to Israel Rally
At the August 7th Rally for Israel, in the confines of City Hall Plaza greeted by police and surrounded by security, it was so gratifying to see bus after bus — from the North Shore, MetroWest, South area and Newton/Brookline (organized by SCM) — arriving with 500 people on board.
No less miraculous than the busloads of people was the gorgeous rainbow over the Holocaust Memorial with a message of hope for better days ahead.
Photo Courtesy Jacquelynn Abraham-Saslaw
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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Tour de Teperow Celebrate's Alan's Career
The Sidney B. Teperow Memorial Chapel at Temple Beth Am, Randolph
On Sunday, November 2nd, a busload of enthusiastic learners celebrated Alan Teperow's career through a tour of the Jewish stories and places that map his remarkable journey. The Synagogue Council's "Tour de Teperow" took us from Newton's oldest surviving active synagogue building, through the urban neighborhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester, to synagogues in Randolph and Milton, and to the Beth El Cemetery on Baker Street, where so much of our community history lives.
At Temple Beth Am in Randolph, we were greeted by Reb David Grossman — who knew Alan growing up in the suburban community in the 1950's and 60's — and Bob Pransky, an active member of the shul for 50+ years. Grossman and Pransky recounted wonderful stories of the early years and impressive growth of the congregation, when Alan's father, Sid Teperow, was President, as well as more recent challenges due to demographic change. According to Grossman, "a saying goes, 'remember who you once were and never forget it, no matter how much honor they give you.' This retrospective tour of Alan's significant places as he was on the way up is a symbol of his never forgetting who he was."
Annual Tribute Celebration Pays Special Tribute
Alan Teperow Makes a Dramatic Announcement and Surprises Marilin Lipman for 15 Years at SCM
Temple Aliyah in Needham was the venue for this year's Annual Tribute Celebration, held on June 11, 2014 with close to 300 people in attendance. A magical evening was enjoyed by friends and family of our honorees — Leonard Davidson, Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow and Benjamin Sigel — as well as leaders of the Greater Boston Jewish community, SCM Board members and supporters, and those who came to surprise Marilin Lipman who had just completed 15 years with the Synagogue Council.
Of particular note was Alan Teperow's special announcement that he is retiring next year which will "be the end of an era and the beginning of a new one, filled with hope and renewal as this organization transitions to a new generation of community leaders." For Alan's remarks, or to view the entire evening’s festivities, click here. Or read the front page article in the Jewish Advocate about Alan's announcement.
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 Kislev/Tevet is Kehillat Moriah, a Conservative congregation in Haifa (Boston's sister city). We are pleased to recognize the synagogue and Rabbi Dubi Haiun (pictured here) in celebration of the congregation's 60th anniversary this year, the oldest Conservative shul in Israel. Visit Moriah's website for more information. For English, scroll down the left side of the home page and click on "Welcome to Moriah Congregation."
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