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Our Gala, Featuring Keynote Speaker
Dr. Susannah Heschel and Honoring Our Educators,
was a beautiful celebration!
 

Thursday, January 13, 2022
SEE WHAT THE SYNAGOGUE COUNCIL HAS BEEN UP TO!
Click on the image below to explore our 2020/2021 Annual Report 
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Please join us for these Informative and Inspiring Programs

 

 

 

 

 

These are challenging times for all congregations, especially for small congregations under 100 members in outlying areas. Join us and the The Jewish Community Legacy Project to explore sustainability and long range legacy planning for small congregations.
 

 During our program we will

  • introduce you to the work of JCLP

  • give you a chance to discuss what you see as your primary needs going forward

  • help you make a determination of how JCLP may support you in making important strategic choices for the future of your congregation

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

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SUSTAINABILITY & LEGACY PLANNING
FOR  SMALL CONGREGATIONS
 

Wednesday, February 9th, 7:00 pm (EST)

 

Please join us for these Ongoing Programs

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DAF YOMI: FREE TALMUD CLASSES

Sunday Evenings at 7:30 pm via ZOOM
Taught by Dr. Jesse Hefter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

To all curious learners, our Daf Yomi class is conducted in English and neither Hebrew nor prior experience are required.

 

We are currently learning Tractate Megillah which addresses the laws of Purim and also discusses guidelines for public Torah readings and other synagogue practices.

Text materials are shared via Zoom.

 

"Try it, you'll like it!" You are welcome to join us for a class at anytime.

To receive the Zoom link for our Daf Yomi class, please email gretchen@synagoguecouncil.org

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THE ARNOLD ZAFF MEMORIAL

PRESIDENTS’ ROUNDTABLE HOSTED BY

SYNAGOGUE COUNCIL OF MASSACHUSETTS

Synagogue Council of Massachusetts is delighted to welcome congregational presidents (or their representatives) to semi-monthly roundtable discussions facilitated by Daniel Langenthal (https://www.daniellangenthal.com/)

 

We gather on Zoom on the first and third Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00.

Our next Presidents' Roundtable will take place on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at noon. 

 

For the Zoom link, please contact gretchen@synagoguecouncil.org.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Videos and other resources are now available for these innovative programs

DISRUPTING SYNAGOGUES...

WHAT CAN SYNAGOGUES AND CONGREGATIONS LEARN FROM CHABAD?

 

 

 


 

Consultant Keith Krivitzky will help us to unpack the secrets of the Chabad's success and offer guidance in applying some of their strategies to our own congregations.

 

During this session will take a look at how Chabads have disrupted synagogue practice and membership. 

  • What are the elements of Chabad's business model? 

  • Why are they successful in many places - seemingly more so than many synagogues? 

  • How does their leadership model, program strategy, engagement philosophy, and branding impact their success? 

  • What can we learn about how synagogues should compete or approach things differently - if they should at all?  

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO OF THIS PROGRAM

CLICK HERE FOR THE POWER POINT PRESENTATION

In the past 20 years, 180 Reform congregations and 350 Conservative congregations have closed or merged while the number of Chabad Houses has tripled! What can we learn from Chabad's success?

SEEKING IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS: THE WISDOM OF

GROUP SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore the value of group spiritual direction for pulpit rabbis and how it may also benefit lay leadership and congregants.

 

Spiritual Director, Author and Psychologist Dr. Roslyn Weiner and Rabbi Neil Kominsky will introduce us to Spiritual Direction focused on its practice with groups of participants. They will invite us to see the practice as enhancing our capacity to notice the sacred elements of everyday life.  We will learn how Dr. Weiner has refined the practice (respecting its origin in the Christian tradition) to identify its universal and very Jewish appeal.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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LEGACY GIVING: A WORKSHOP IN TWO PARTS

Facilitated by Arlene Schiff
Director, Life & Legacy Program, Grinspoon Foundation


Why Legacy? Why Now? And How to Get Started

How to have the Legacy Conversation

CLICK HERE FOR RESOURCES FROM THIS PROGRAM

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & SUCCESSION PLANNING
With Keith Krivitzky
CLICK HERE FOR RESOURCES FROM THIS PROGRAM

SERVING OURROOMERS & OUR ZOOMERS:
MULTI-ACCESS JUDAISM
Presented by Rabbi David Paskin



CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO VIEW THE EVENT VIDEO

FROM TAY-SACHS TO BRCA-SAVING LIVES WITH MODERN GENETIC TESTING



COVID-19 RESOURCES

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The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts builds connections among individuals and communities to promote mutual understanding and respect for Jewish diversity. Synagogue Council serves and strengthens congregations spanning the spectrum of Jewish belief and practice and thereby promotes Jewish unity and pluralsim.