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

Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture

Leon Wieseltier
"Pride, Ignorance, and American Jewish Identity"

Sunday, March 27, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill
Free and Open to the Public

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(Inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther)
A New Musical Play by Samuel J. Bernstein

Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre
Sunday, February 21st at 2 p.m.

Samuel J. Bernstein’s exciting new musical blends humor with anguish and tragedy with triumph, as it explores the Book of Esther from an original perspective.

The play is set both in the historical period of the Book of Esther and a modern day Purim party. As the revelers are drawn into the personalities and events behind the celebration, Esther begins to question the moral ambiguity behind elements of the story.

Admission $15
To register, click here or call 617-559-8645


Comedy Night & Auction

Temple Israel of Natick
Saturday, March 12, 7:00 PM

Join Temple Israel for a fabulous Comedy Night & Auction to support the Judy Gordon Nursery School Parents' Association.

Featuring Comedians Michael Salloway & Jayson Cross and an Improv Group from Fine Line Comedy.
A night of laughs, drinks, snacks, desserts, & wonderful auction items.

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SCM Programs

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Racial Diversity in the Jewish Community

A Training for Lay Leaders, Educators, Jewish Professionals, and Clergy.

In partnership with Reform Jewish Outreach Boston (RJOB) and Jewish Discovery Institute (JDI).
Thursday, March 10, 5:30 PM, Temple Shalom of Newton.
$36 per person includes kosher dairy dinner and workshop materials.

The Jewish community grows more diverse through interfaith marriage, conversion, and adoption. How can we foster an organizational culture that recognizes and honors the ethnic and racial identity of every participant?

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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

Our Featured Congregation for Shevat/Adar I is Congregation Or Atid in Wayland.  Congregation Or Atid  (which means "Light of the future") is a small, intimate congregation tucked away in a beautiful wooded section of Wayland, MA and conveniently located in the Metrowest area of Boston. For over 20 years we have been the spiritual home to over 140 member families.  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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