Welcome to Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

  • Welcome

    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

Temple Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills
Synagogue Dedication

Rabbi Alfred Benjamin Blowing the Shofar at Milton Town Center

David Bernat, Executive Director of SCM Delivers Closing Blessing

New Building

Benefit Concert at Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester
Celebrating TAA's Fifth Year in Their New Building
Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 5 pm

Joshua Nelson and the Kosher Gospel Singers live at Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester!!
Special reception for premium donors with Joshua Nelson after the concert!!!

Tickets start at $36. Register now or call Natalia at 978.281.0739 for tickets and more information!

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SCM Programs

Annual Tribute Celebration

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6:00 pm
Temple Aliyah, Needham

Our Honorees


This tapestry is by Bracha Lavee Art Studio.  This image embodies the theme our Annual Tribute Celebration.

Bracha employed a variety of artistic techniques and discovered the flexibility of felt about forty years ago.  The city of Jerusalem and stories from the Bible provide her with endless sources of inspiration.

Visit her website to see more of her marvelous works.


Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture

Leon Wieseltier spoke Sunday, March 27th to an audience of approximately 500 people in the sanctuary of Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill.


Read about it at JewishBoston.com

Videos by Larry Sandberg



Synagogue Council in the In the News

David Bernat, Executive Director, quoted in the Jewish Advocate, Nov 6, 2015 issue front page article titled "Several Local Synagogues Succeeding While Others Contending With Challenges".

Commenting on ingredients for success...
"'Its a combination of factors,' said David Bernat, Executive Director of Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. Among these are a charismatic Rabbi; an inclusive attitude toward interfaith familiies, LGBT individuals, and people with disabilities; and innovative programming and a creative way to use the physical space of the synagogue. Overall, "a creative vision, forward-looking type of attitude," are important, he added".

Featured Synagogues & Minyanim

The Brookline Havurah Minyan is an egalitarian Jewish, creative, member-led worship community based in the Brookline and Newton area.  They have gathered since 1980 (36 years ago) to celebrate Shabbat, holidays, life cycle events, and special communal activities placing a strong emphasis on community.

Visit their website for more information.

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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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