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Synagogue Council Of Massachusetts
1320 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Phone (617) 244-6506 • Fax (617) 964-7055
Email [email protected]

The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts (SCM), representing 120 Conservative, Orthodox, Reform, Reconstructionist and independent member congregations, is a central organization which addresses a broad spectrum of religious Jewish needs and ideologies. A beneficiary of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, the Synagogue Council's primary objective is to advance the religious and cultural welfare of the community and to help create an atmosphere of cooperation and open communication in Massachusetts.

The By-Laws of the Synagogue Council call for the representatives of the synagogues of Massachusetts:

To join together for the glory of God, for the dignity of humankind, for the teaching of Torah, and for the general well being of the Jewish people.

Mission Statement of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

A joint venture of the Union for Reform Judaism, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Orthodox, and Reconstructionist congregations in Massachusetts.

The mission of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts is to promote and strengthen the synagogue, and to nuture a respect for diversity within our Jewish community.

The mission will be accomplished by providing programs and services in two key areas:

Beit Knesset:

  • Strengthen the synagogue's administration, leadership, and programming
  • Advance and facilitate the process of affiliation of all Jews with a synagogue
  • Mobilize our congregations to support important communal endeavors
  • Create opportunities for congregations to come together in the practice of Tikkun Olam

Shalom Bayit:

  • Promote respect, inclusion, understanding and peace within the Jewish community
  • Encourage positive relationships among congregations and religious movements
  • Support our affiliated communal organizations
  • Be a force for moderation within our community and speak, where appropriate, with a common voice

For additional information about the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, or for details about area congregations, please call (617) 244-6506 or click here to send an e-mail.