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


Gala Celebration



The Path Forward

Thursday, September 19, 2019 6pm

Temple Aliyah, 1664 Central Ave. Needham, MA 02492

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


Points South

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 7-9pm

Temple Kol Tikvah, 9 Dunbar St. Sharon, MA 02067

Click here to view the Facebook event


MetroWest/Central MA

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 7-9pm

Temple Israel of Natick, 145 Hartford St. Natick, MA 01760

Click here to view the Facebook event

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.

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Opening Our Synagogues

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10am

Online (Zoom)


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.

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Security Seminars

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."

Security Guard


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

Visit their website

Access their brochure

Read the Jewish Week article


Keshet Leadership Project: LGBTQ Inclusion

Western Massachusetts


  • 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.

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Transgender Inclusion In The Jewish Community
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Temple Shalom, 175 Temple St. West Newton, MA 02465

An evening of listening, sharing, and learning for Jewish communal leadership, was presented by Keshet and URJ Reform Jewish Outreach Boston on Thursday, March 30, at Temple Shalom, Newton.


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.

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MA Governor's Office Safety Standards for Houses of Worshipz

Opening Our Synagogues Webinar Video and PowerPoint

Safety Protocols by Ethan Mascoop

Additional Resources

CJP Community Resources:

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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.

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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 TorahIntegrating 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

May 7th

Temple Israel/Boston

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.