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

Congregation Agudas Achim, Attleboro
Open House, Sunday, August 28

Congregation Agudas Achim, located at 901 North Main Street is hosting an Open House on Sunday, August 28, 2016, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn about the community and meet the new rabbi, Rav Leora Abelson. Annette Lawson, the Education Coordinator, will be available to answer questions about the religious school, and current members will be on hand to talk about their experiences with the congregation. A holiday themed craft will be available for children, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the synagogue at [email protected] or 508-222-2243.

Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Westborough
Open House BBQ

Come join us for our Welcome Back/New Member/Open House barbecue on Sunday August 28 from 4 to 6 PM.
This is an opportunity for prospective members to come and meet us and learn what Beth Tikvah is all about.  We will provide the kosher hot dogs, veggie dogs, and buns cooked to perfection by our grillmaster, Bill.  We ask you to lend a hand providing everything else, condiments, chips, pareve dessert, salads, etc.   Also - anyone available to help set up and clean-up? The more the merrier!  Please RSVP

Congregation Beth Israel, Worcester
Membership Picnic

Sunday, August 28, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Catch up with your BI family at summer’s end for a relaxing evening on the lawn (weather permitting—if it rains, we’ll be in the Library). Music and activities for kids and adults. Watermelon, cookies and beverages provided at no charge. Please bring your own dairy dinner and lawn chairs.  Event Details

 

Hebrew College has published an excerpt from the remarks of our Associate Director, Marilin Lipman, when she accepted a Torchbearer Award at Synagogue Council's Annual Tribute Celebration in June. We are pleased to say her speech shined a bright light on our central mission of Jewish pluralism.

Hebrew College
August 1 at 9:50am · Newton Center
Humans of Hebrew College ‪#‎HumansHC‬

"It’s not a mission that rotates significance or is in competition with other initiatives like youth programs, adult learning, connection to Israel, disability and inclusion, teen engagement, sexual orientation, attracting young adults to Judaism, synagogue membership, and the overall goal, Jewish continuity. Pluralism is all of those things, and all of those things fall under the umbrella of pluralism. Without providing validation and encouragement, and fostering understanding and respect for the many ways of being Jewish, our people will fragment into even smaller groups than the full Jewish population is now—which is pretty small. So keeping us together, continuing to harvest common ground is the only way for the many important initiatives I listed above to flourish. You need numbers to have adult learning make a difference; you need numbers and inspiring programs for all types of Jews in order to, for example, stir the souls of young people to find themselves Jewishly."

(Marilin Lipman, Me'ah`98; Synagogue Council of Massachusetts Torch Bearers Award recipient)

 

Congregation 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

 

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SCM Programs

Century-Old Ark at Centerpiece of

New Synagogue Council Program

 

SCM is announcing the launching of a new initiative for synagogues in transition, Maavar.  The program aims to serve as a clearinghouse for sacred objects that result from the closing or merger of a congregation.  It will provide advice and referrals to such congregations, as well as support in navigating issues of transition and the disposal of records.

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Annual Tribute Celebration

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

Mazel tov to our Honorees
Thank you to our supporters

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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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