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...only interdenominational, synagogue-based organization of its kind in all of North America.

With over 120 dues paying member congregations, the Synagogue Council -- a collaboration of Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist and independent congregations in Massachusetts -- is a successful 28-year experiment in community-building.

Please take a look around and contact us directly for further information. We also provide an opportunity for you to to the Synagogue Council to support its ongoing valuable activities.


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Join us on the journey.
The Synagogue Council will be celebrating 25 years of Unity Missions... in Israel, January 4-15, 2012. A unique excursion exploring the people and land of Eretz Yisrael, this trip will address the issues of diversity and pluralism in Israel through site visits and high-level meetings with individuals who are on the cutting edge of social and religious change. Join Alan Teperow and Dr. Jesse Hefter as we explore "the State of Judaism in the Jewish State".

In addition to our superb monthly KOLOT sessions, please join us for an exciting special kick-off event: Rabba...What's in a Name! with Rabba Sara Hurwitz & Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman on Monday, November 14 from 7:00-9:00 pm.

"Everything You Wanted to Know about FACEBOOK, but were afraid to ask"
...a hands-on Training with two young experts to help you and your congregation understand how Facebook works. Join us for breakfast on October 26, not for a discussion about social media, but a great opportunity to learn the intricacies of Facebook while you sit at a computer.

SCM Coordinates Open House PR for Area Congregations
Each year, the Synagogue Council encourages synagogues to hold Open Houses and other welcoming events prior to the High Holy Days. To learn more about upcoming Membership events taking place in close to 50 congregations, click here for a downloadable version of our full page ad appearing in the Jewish Advocate.


Our Featured Congregation for Elul/Tishrei is Temple Beth David of the South Shore, a Reform congregation in Canton. We are pleased to recognize the synagogue in celebration of its 50th anniversary this year. Visit their web site for more information.


The Synagogue Council is proud to support the Boston chapter of COEJL, The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, in a statewide initiative to "pledge" to "green" synagogues in Massachusetts. Click here for details.

Canfei Nesharim, the leader of a Torah-based environmental movement, makes a connection between traditional Jewish sources and modern environmental issues and promotes ongoing dialogue about our Torah responsibility to protect the environment. Click here to view a weekly drash on the environment, entitled Eitz Chayim Hee: A Torah Commentary for Environmental Learning and Action.

  Parsha Commentaries


The 14th Annual Unity Shabbaton, called "Shabbat Together", was held at the Holiday Inn, Tewksbury over the weekend of July 29-31. Rabbi Ben Greenberg, Rabbi Leonard Gordon, and Cantor Louise Treitman delighted the attendees with Divrey Torah and insights into the relationship between music and Jewish practice and prayer. Nearly 50 people, from across the spectrum of religious life, enjoyed delicious meals, morning Daf Yomi, mechitzah and egalitarian minyanim, zemirot, and communal fellowship. Watch for more news about the Shabbaton soon.

Bringing Your Website into the 58th Century

Close to 40 people representing a diverse group of area synagogues and agencies convened at the beautiful new Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley on May 12th for a seminar entitled "Bringing Your Website into the 58th Century: New Ideas for Engaging Your Community and Building Relationships". The program, which was quite comprehensive and well received, was presented by Jvillage Network's Mike Kanarick and Mark Yaschik to an animated and appreciative audience. Pictured above are Kanarick (L), President of Jvillage Network and Yaschik, manager of Membership Development.

Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, 1320 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02459
617.244.6506 (o) - 617.964.7055 (f) - [email protected]