We wish you a year of light, joy, good health, and abundant blessings.

שנה טובה ומתוקה

The Staff and Board of Directors of Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

The image to the left is Anita Rabinoff-Goldman's B'reisheet (Creation), 2017

At Rosh Hashanah, we celebrate the creation of the world. Anita's image of Creation is full of color, light, texture, life, and joy She says that when she created this piece, she "was thinking about recent images from the Hubble telescope, which were so amazing and so beautiful....This is what it must have looked like when the world was created...so much color and light out of the darkness. We certainly are looking for that light in this coming year, aren't we?"

Artwork: B'reishit; 2017; Anita Rabinoff-Goldman (anitarabinoff-goldman.com). This piece is part of a collection entitled Seeing Torah that will be exhibited at Hebrew College, Newton Centre, MA in Spring 2021.]

Recent Events

Planning for the High Holidays: Especially for Small Congregations

Monday, August 31, 2020 10am EDT


​Small congregations (primarily 120 or fewer households) are invited to Synagogue Council’s Zoom-based roundtable discussion, Planning for the High Holidays: Especially for Small Congregations. During this program we will celebrate the benefits of being a small congregation, discuss how we can leverage those benefits during these unusual times, and share our greatest challenges with High Holy Day planning. Small congregation leadership should have received an invitation with a registration link. We look forward to joining together virtually on Monday!

Coping with Uncertainty:
Avarnu et Paraoh, na’avor gam et zeh
(We overcame Pharaoh and we will overcome this too):
Managing Expectations, Coping with Uncertainty,
and Caring Remotely

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 3:30-5pm



During this program, facilitated by Rabbi Naditch, we will connect in the wilderness, take stock of our journey and have safe opportunities to acknowledge ambiguous losses, share concerns and challenges, be heard, listen to each other, and vent. Participants will learn a bit about what we know regarding how the pandemic is affecting us, and then we will avail ourselves of break-out rooms in which clergy and lay leaders will meet separately and engage in conversation facilitated by chaplains and social workers. At the end of this program, we will come back together.

Life During COVID-19


MA Governor's Office Safety Standards for Houses of Worship

Opening Our Synagogues Webinar Video and PowerPoint

Safety Protocols by Ethan Mascoop

Additional Resources

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