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The Synagogue Provides Comfort During Trying Times

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:12pm -- Synagogue Counc...

By Alan Teperow

Nachamu, Nachamu Ami – Comfort, Comfort My People

Our summer jaunts to the beach may have been peaceful, but they didn’t provide the kind of comfort many of us needed this summer. In a recent Shabbat sermon, Rabbi Wes Gardenswartz referenced these prophetic words of Isaiah, suggesting that the kind of inner peace we seek only comes when we are together with fellow Jews, in our synagogues and communities.

Goodbye, dear friend: Anita Redner z”l

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:58pm -- Synagogue Counc...

By Alan Teperow

How sad and tragic to have learned this morning about the sudden and untimely death of our good friend, Anita.  Like all of you, I am in shock.

In the absence of any way to make sense of the tragedy, we have no alternative but to accept this unimaginable loss by showing gratitude for Anita’s magnificent soul and selfless deeds.  A true eishet chayil, Anita set an example for us all about loving humanity and following in God’s ways.

Service, Education and the Soul: The Synagogue Council Honors Community Leaders

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 11:37am -- Synagogue Counc...

By Jan Moidel Schwartz

The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts (SCM) is a pluralistic organization that brings Jews together across the spectrum of Judaism for learning, dialogue and collaborative action.  The only organization of its kind in all of North America, the SCM provides services to 200 congregations and minyanim in Massachusetts, working beyond the typical silos of synagogue, denominational and organizational lines to strengthen our Jewish community.

Smashing Idols

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 1:54pm -- Synagogue Counc...

By Naomi Gurt Lind

Many of us go through the world confident we know what makes other people behave the way they do.  We presume an awful lot about others based on what categories we can put them in: Democrat or Republican, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, and so on.

It is time for seichel and civility after this year's election...

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 2:54pm -- Synagogue Counc...

By Alan Teperow. 

I rarely, if ever, discuss politics as part of my job here at the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts.  But the recent election cries out for some seichel and civility. The amount of time, money and energy devoted to the campaign -- from primaries through the final days of the election -- is nothing short of obscene. Imagine if that energy and those resources could be allotted to social services or literacy in the schools.  

The State of Judaism in the Jewish State

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:00pm -- Synagogue Counc...

Guest blogger, Mike Rosenberg, shares his thoughts about SCM's Unity Mission to Israel, held January 4-15, 2012 in celebration of 25 years of NYC Unity Missions. 


It’s easy to understand why so many American immigrants are drawn to Beit Shemesh. In this city, nestled in a valley 18 miles southwest of Jerusalem, the pace is slower, temperatures are milder. Residential life extends into gardens and courtyards; vistas are everywhere; and some neighborhoods exude a flavor of California.