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Our Featured Member synagogue for September 2008 is Temple B'nai Brith, an independent congregation in Somerville. We are pleased to recognize the synagogue in celebration of its 105th anniversary.

Temple B'nai Brith: preserving tradition while embracing the future for Somerville's historic Jewish community, is home to an independent, egalitarian, and inclusive congregation offering a full range of religious services. The congregation also provides a vibrant children's Sunday school and stimulating Jewish cultural and educational programs. Its urban setting attracts a diverse population from Somerville and nearby communities and includes members from a wide variety of backgrounds as well as many interfaith families.

Founded in 1904, this historic congregation today weaves religious tradition into contemporary life. Since the 1980's Temple B'nai Brith has been inspired by the spiritual leadership of dedicated religious scholar Phil Weiss. The handsome synagogue, more than 80-years-old, attracts passersby and newcomers, and is considered the finest example of a Byzantine Revival ecclesiastical building in Somerville.

Temple B'nai Brith encourages participation in all aspects of religious and community life. Congregants of all levels of religious practice find a comfortable Jewish home in the warm welcoming community. Interfaith programs with neighboring religious organizations and social action are a focal point for the congregation.

Now, in the dawning years of the 21st century, Temple B'nai Brith is embarking on Project Aliyah, an ambitious capital campaign, to make its historic building fully accessible, opening its doors for all who wish to enter.

For more information about Temple B?nai Brith, visit our web site or call 617-625-0333.

201 Central Street
Somerville, MA 02145
President, Charlie Munitz
Executive Director, Lisa Gregerman