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.

  • Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

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

  • Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

    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

Birnbaum Lecture Attendees Enjoy Glorious Music and Impassioned Speech


On Sunday, March 30th, close to 300 people came together for an inspirational evening of chamber music and choral singing, and an impassioned conversation with Nancy K. Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, who addressed the critically important topic of "Women Leading Change."  

The program, which was free and open to the public, is made possible by the generosity of the Birnbaum family and friends, to honor the memory of Connie Spear Birnbaum.  Connie worked at SCM for seven years as our Unity Coordinator, bringing people together, from across the spectrum of Jewish belief and practice, in learning and dialogue.  

Here are just a couple of the many comments we've received affirming the evening's power and meaning: 

From Cantor Sara Gaffin Geller, one of the soloists in the Zachor Choral Ensemble: "Witnessing the testimony of Holocaust survivors within a musical context is so powerful and life-affirming.  It's up to us to testify to the next generations." 

And, from Alan Nelson, conductor of Zachor: "It's a testament to Herbie and the entire Birnbaum family that after all these years....the fire still burns."

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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.

SCM Shabbaton 2013Pictured 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.


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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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Featured Events

Annual Tribute Celebration

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Wednesday, June 11 at 6:00 pm
at Temple Aliyah, Needham

Honoring three wonderful community leaders...

Annual Tribute Celebration

SCM's Annual Tribute Celebration (ATC), 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, Needham to support SCM’s efforts to strengthen the synagogue and promote dialogue and understanding within our diverse Jewish community.


Pictured here are several of the event co-chairs at a recent meeting to plan the evening's festivities.

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Social Media Bootcamp


Do you need help with your social networking? Do you think your non-profit is reaching as many people as you want or making as much of an impact as you might like? Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest are being used more now that ever. Join us in May and June to learn how to make the most of your website, social media and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to get the word out about your community. Don't be left behind! The Social Media Bootcamp is an intensive program that covers everything you need to know from start to finish to create and implement an amazing social media marketing program.

Join us for one, some or all of the classes in the series!


Featured Synagogues & Minyanim

Our Featured Congregation for Nisan/Iyar is Temple Shir Tikva, a Reform congregation in Wayland. We are pleased to recognize the synagogue in celebration of its 36th anniversary this year. Visit TST's website for more information. 
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