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!
Please join us for these Informative and Inspiring Programs
Arnold Zaff Memorial Presidents' Leadership Forum
Sunday, April 7, 2019 10am
Temple Emeth, 194 Grove St. Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
The Presidents' Council of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts is now The Arnold Zaff Memorial President's Leadership Forum, in honor of past president, Arnold Zaff z"l. We will provide a yearly gathering and training opportunity for presidents of congregations in Massachusetts and those on the path to leadership.
To launch this initiative, we are planning to hold a workshop on Sunday morning, April 7th at 10:00 AM for you presidents and presidents-to-be.
Fundraising Essentials for Congregations
Same Seminar * 2 Convenient Locations and Dates
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 7-9pm
Temple Kol Tikvah, 9 Dunbar St. Sharon, MA 02067
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 7-9pm
Temple Israel of Natick, 145 Hartford St. Natick, MA 01760
Click here for more information
Fundraising Essentials for Congregations
Tuesday February 12, 7-9pm
Temple Reyim, Newton
Tuesday March 20, 7-9pm
Temple Emanuel, Andover
Dessert and beverages provided.
Led by Edith Moricz, MBA.
Sometimes it really is about the money. You can have creative leadership and exciting programatic ideas but if you can't pay for them ...
We Can Help.
The 2 hour seminar will cover topics such as capital campaigns, letters, communications and social media, gala events, volunteer engagement, and much more.
You will walk away with immediately actionable strategies that, when implemented, yield tangible results.
Edith Moricz, MBA
Our facilitator, founder of ROCKETyourNONPROFIT, has a 25 year career as a financial advisor, non-profit development coach, and business professor.
To learn about Edith Moricz, and her track record of success, click HERE to visit her website.
Opening Our Synagogues
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10am
With our curve flattening, and Governor Baker's May 18th announcement of potential for openings statewide, we are all looking toward the coming weeks, the summer, fall, and High Holidays, and asking the questions "What's next? ", "What is our path forward?" and "Can we open and if so, what strategies will enable us to best serve our communities and maintain physical, emotional and spiritual health?" Synagogue Council of MA invites you to a virtual workshop, Opening Our Synagogues, designed to address these crucial issues. The forum will be held on Tuesday, May 26, at 10am, and will be facilitated by four public health professionals, all of whom are also active in the Jewish community and in synagogue life -- Ethan Mascoop, MPH, RS, Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Environmental Health, BU School of Public Health; Bruce Weinstock, MD, MPH, Chief of Pediatrics, Norwood Hospital; Wendy Heiger-Bernays, PhD, Clinical Professor of Environmental Health, BU School of Public Health; and Jonathan Slutzman, MD, Instructor in Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018: Temple Israel of Natick
Thursday, November 29, 2018: Temple Emanu-El
Friday, December 7, 2018: CJP Kraft Conference Center
The seminars will be led primarily by Jeremy Yamin, CJP's Assoc. VP of Security and Operations. Representatives from the ADL and law enforcement will participate as well. Topics will include security overview, basic principles, threat assessment, active shooter, equipment, technology, and available resources. We will also consider how the pragmatics of safety and security fit within a congregation's culture. There will be time for informal interactions following the presentation. Food and drinks will be provided.
Security and Anti-Semitism
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Responding to the bomb threats at our JCCs and Jewish schools, and to the burst of anti-Semitic incidents nationally, the US Attorney's office convened a roundtable for Jewish communal leaders on Wednesday, March 15.
David Bernat, SCM's Executive Director, attended, representing the Synagogue community statewide.
The meeting was led by Acting US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts William D. Weinreb. With Mr. Weinreb were members of his prosecutorial team, heads of the Boston FBI office, and a representative from the Department of Homeland Security. Attendees also benefited from the expertise of Jeremy Yamin, CJP's Director of Security, and Ken Berkowitz, Canton's Chief of Police (and member of Temple Sinai, Sharon).
We were grateful for the meeting, and for the fact that our concerns were receiving attention at the highest levels. Law enforcement efforts just resulted in the arrest of a perpetrator, as covered in the media. Attorney General Sessions released the following statement:
"Today's arrest in Israel is the culmination of a large-scale investigation spanning multiple continents for hate crimes against Jewish communities across our country. The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, and we will not tolerate the targeting of any community in this country on the basis of their religious beliefs. I commend the FBI and Israeli National Police for their outstanding work on this case."
Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 7-9pm
Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston
333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459
Co-sponsored by Synagogue Council of MA and CJP. Led by professionals from The Community Security Service (CSS), the program will focus on
Understanding and assessing threats
Community based security models and solutions
What CSS can provide
The presentation will also include an actual case study of a threat to an American Jewish institution.
To learn more about CSS
Keshet Leadership Project: LGBTQ Inclusion
TBD: STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION
Learn how to evaluate current programs, policies, and culture, and identify areas for growth in LGBTQ Inclusion.
Discover how to recognize opportunities and challenges for welcoming and affirming LGBTQ members of your community.
Create an achievable action plan for making your community more LGBTQ inclusive within twelve months.
Receive expert coaching and support from Keshet to implement your action plan.
Opening Doors to Jewish Community
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Cocktail reception 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:30-9:15 p.m.
Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street, Newton, MA 02459
The evening featured keynote speaker, author Tom Fields-Meyer, who wrote the best-selling book Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism and Love from his Extraordinary Son.
His talk, Following Ezra: We Didn’t Know Where our Son Would Fit into our Community, opened new perspectives on the power of inclusive synagogues to transform lives and strengthen and uplift the community.
The evening also featured a special a series of vignettes from our current RSIP Partners on how their synagogues have become more inclusive and the positive impact this project has made within the congregation.
Transgender Inclusion In The Jewish Community
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Temple Shalom, 175 Temple St. West Newton, MA 02465
In 2015, congregations of the Union for Reform Judaism unanimously passed a resolution calling for the full inclusion of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals in our communities.
This was an opportunity for Jewish communal leaders to learn about the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in our congregations and communities and how to better welcome and honor people of all gender identities.
Note New Online Resources
Jewish Climate Change Conference:
The Task Is Great, The Time Is Short
Sunday, March 24, 2019 12:30pm-7:30pm
Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington St, Auburndale, MA 02466, USA
This half-day conference brings the Jewish community together to explore surmounting challenges and mobilizing communities to act. Learn actions for individuals and congregations to take on the path forward in the coming years. Build connections. Learn from and with experts and leaders. Themes include: Sustainable Synagogues, Systemic Change Advocacy, Spirituality and Psychology, Food and Ecosystems, The Arts, Food Making, and Path for the Next 12 Years. A plenary session on "How Do We Engage Our Congregations in Climate Action?" will equip us to move forward.
Creating Sustainable Synagogues
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Learned from representatives of:
Ganei Beantown: Beantown Jewish Gardens: Experiential food and agriculture programs rooted in Jewish text, tradition and culture.
Jewish Climate Action Network: Mobilizing Jewish communities to take leadership in responding to the climate crisis by offering education, resources, and substantial and challenging programs, including the "JCAN Bentshmarking Campaign" and "JCAN Tech Study."
Organic Torah: Integrating ancient Jewish wisdom as a leading-edge voice in contemporary efforts to create a healthier, more sustainable, prosperous and just world.
Gained resources to:
Reduce carbon footprint while reducing energy costs;
Infuse your holiday programming with experiential food and agriculture components;
Join regional community wide food and agriculture programming;
Develop a synagogue garden;
Address your institution's sustainability in a holistic manner; and
See and be able to express how deeply Jewish sources resonate with a greening agenda.
JCAN Tech Study
A rare opportunity for synagogue building overseers to learn and plan for deep energy/carbon-emissions cuts and $ savings. JCAN has assembled top building energy efficiency experts to help you plan.
1-2 representatives may register per congregation -- Please share with your managers, building committees, boards, and administrators and encourage their attendance.