One Community, Many Branches
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.
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"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)
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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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Unity Mission to New York City
Sunday Nov. 20 & Monday Nov. 21
Details will be posted shortly.
Annual Tribute Celebration
Mazel tov to our Honorees
Thank you to our supporters
Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture
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.
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.