In many ways, joining a synagogue is like selecting a college. What size synagogue? What denomination? What should it feel like?
A one-time visit is rarely adequate to appreciate the full essence of either institution. Meeting people at a Kiddush or other open house event (or at a college orientation session) can't begin to provide a snapshot into the ambiance and breadth of either community. But it’s a good start!
Many congregations host Open Houses before the High Holy Days to introduce you to the joys of being a part of a synagogue family. These benefits include
- Education for All Ages
- Spiritual Home
- Sense of Community
- Meeting All Your Jewish Life-Cycle Needs
Here is a list of over 30 open houses in the upcoming weeks, organized in alphabetical order by town.
On behalf of all the congregations, welcome! We look forward to seeing you.
CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY (C)
501 South Main Street, Andover * 978-474-0540
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.bethisraelmv.org
Meet Rabbi Friedman, lay leaders, staff & congregants.
Sunday, Aug. 29, 4 - 8 pm, Open House & End of Summer BBQ
Thursday, Sept. 2, 6 - 8 pm, Light refreshments.
TEMPLE EMANUEL (R)
7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover * 978-470-1356
email@example.com * www.templeemanuel.net
Meet staff, clergy & committee members, tour the facility.
Thursday, Aug. 26, 5– 7 pm, Join us for pizza
Sunday, Sept. 12, 9 am – noon, Coffee & cake, 1st day of Religious School
THE BOSTON SYNAGOGUE (I)
55 Martha Road, Boston * 617-523-0453
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.bostonsynagogue.org
Sunday, Sept. 5, 1 - 3 pm, Open House
We are a warm, welcoming, unaffiliated, traditional egalitarian synagogue.
TEMPLE B'NAI SHALOM (I)
41 Storrs Avenue, Braintree * 781-843-3687
Saturday, Aug. 21, 9:15 am, Open House Shabbat Services & Kiddush
TEMPLE BETH EMUNAH (C)
479 Torrey Street, Brockton * 508-583-5810
email@example.com * www.templebethemunah.org
Sunday, August 22, 11 am – 2 pm, Brunch & Family Bingo
Meet Rabbi Berk & Ed. Dir. Fran Litner. Learn about Sisterhood,
Brotherhood, USY, Tot Shabbat, social action, adult ed., daily services, membership specials, & High Holiday tickets
TEMPLE BETH ZION (I)
1566 Beacon Street, Brookline * 617-566-81710
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.tbzbrookline.org
Join us for Shabbat services, stay for Kiddush, and meet our rabbis.
Friday, Aug. 20, 6 pm, & Saturday, Aug. 21, 10 am
CONGREGATION KEHILLATH ISRAEL (C)
384 Harvard Street, Brookline * 617-277-9155
email@example.com * www.congki.org
Friday, Aug. 27, 6:15 - 8 pm, KICKS (KI's Community Kabbalat Shabbat)
Saturday, Aug. 28, 8:45 am - 12:30 pm, Ice Cream Shabbat!
Children's Services 10:45 - 11:45 am
Sunday, Aug. 29, 4 - 6 pm, Rabbi's Picnic in the KI Garden
TEMPLE OHABEI SHALOM (R)
1187 Beacon Street, Brookline * 617-277-6610
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.ohabei.org
Friday, Aug. 27, 6 - 9 pm, Learn about our programming,
meet our community, explore opportunities for lifelong learning.
Shabbat Services at 7 pm, then be our guests for dinner.
TEMPLE SINAI (R)
50 Sewall Avenue, Brookline * 617-277-5888
email@example.com * www.sinaibrookline.org
Friday, Sept. 3, 6:30 - 7:15 pm, Tot Shabbat (families & children 1-8)
Friday, Sept. 3, 7:30 - 9 pm, Erev Shabbat & Prospective Member Service
Open House – every Friday night!
Call to schedule informal tour of Temple or Religious School.
TEMPLE BETH SHALOM OF CAMBRIDGE (I)
(The Tremont Street Shul)
8 Tremont Street, Cambridge * 617-864-6388
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.tremontstreetshul.org
Sunday, Aug. 29, 10 am - 12:30 pm, Brunch
TEMPLE BETH DAVID OF THE SOUTH SHORE (R)
1060 Randolph Avenue, Canton * 781-828-2275
email@example.com * www.templebethdavid.com
Friday, Aug. 13, 6 - 9 pm, Join us for a BBQ & Shabbat service.
Wednesdays, Aug. 18 & 25, 7 – 9 pm
Meet Rabbi Berry and leaders of our congregation.
High Holiday tickets available.
TEMPLE EMETH (C)
194 Grove Street, Chestnut Hill * 617-469-9400
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.templeemeth.org
Meet with Rabbi Turetz. Half price membership for 1st time members.
Sunday, Aug. 8, 7:30 - 9 pm or Monday, Aug. 30, 7:30 - 9 pm
CONGREGATION MISHKAN TEFILA (C)
300 Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill * 617-332-7770
ExecutiveDirector@mishkantefila.org * www.mishkantefila.org
Saturday, Sept. 4, 8 pm, Selichot Penitential Service,
9 - 10:30 pm, Selichot Program: Rabbi Leonard Gordon discusses "Consensus & Controversy: An Inside Account of the new High Holy Day Mahzor". Dessert reception to follow.
TEMPLE CHAYAI SHALOM (R)
239 Depot Street, South Easton * 508-238-6385
email@example.com * www.templechayaishalom.org
Friday, Aug. 6, 6:30 pm, Tot Shabbat Service & Oneg,
7:30 pm, Shabbat Service & Oneg
Friday, Aug. 20, 6 - 8 pm, Shabbat at Borderland State Park
Friday, Aug. 27, 7:30 - 9 pm, Shabbat Service & Oneg
TEMPLE BETH AM (R)
300 Pleasant Street, Framingham * 508-872-8300
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.templebetham.org
Sunday, Sept. 12, 4 - 6 pm, Open House & BBQ for
members & prospective members. Meet the clergy & leadership.
RSVP to temple office by 9/7/2010.
TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM (C)
50 Pamela Road, Framingham * 508-877-2540
email@example.com * www.beth-sholom.org
Sunday, Sept. 12, 12:00 – 2 pm
First day of Religious School
TEMPLE AHAVAT ACHIM (C)
33 Commercial Street, Gloucester * 978-281-0739
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.taagloucester.org
Sunday, Aug. 22, 9 - noon, Minyan with sounding of Shofar.
9:45 - Meet & greet Rabbi, Religious School staff, & congregants.
Bagel breakfast served.
TEMPLE EMANU-EL (R)
514 Main Street, Haverhill * 978-373-3861
email@example.com * www.templeemanu-el.org
Sunday, Sept. 12, 9 am - noon, Meet the Rabbi, staff & officers.
Tour the Temple & our fabulous Religious School.
Bagels & Coffee served.
NEHAR SHALOM (I)
43 Lochstead Avenue, Jamaica Plain * 617-522-3618
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.neharshalom.org
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 6 - 8 pm, Join us for conversation, light refreshment, and an opportunity to meet members of the community.
TEMPLE EMUNAH (C)
9 Piper Road, Lexington * 781-861-0300
email@example.com * www.templeemunah.org
Friday, August 27, 5 – 8 pm, Join us for a unique Shabbat experience:
BBQ, a musical Kabbalat Shabbat, Candlelighting & Ma'ariv
TEMPLE ISAIAH (R)
55 Lincoln Street, Lexington * 781-862-7160
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.templeisaiah.net
Sunday, Sept. 12, 11 am - 1 pm, Meet our clergy & Temple educators.
Learn about worship opportunities, our community, school, education & social action programs.
TEMPLE EMANUEL OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY (R)
101 West Forest Street, Lowell * 978-454-1372
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Meet Rabbi Rose & trustees
Sunday, Sept. 26, 10 am - 1 pm, Tour Rabbi-led 1 day/week
Religious School, enjoy singing, dancing & crafts
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 8 - 10 pm, Erev Rosh Hashanah with songs & prayer
CONGREGATION AGUDAS ACHIM - EZRATH ISRAEL (I)
245 Bryant Street, Malden * 781-322-7205
Wednesday, August 18, 6 – 8 pm, Family BBQ & Open House
New member special!
Meet Rabbi Kudan & Temple leadership.
TEMPLE SHALOM OF MILTON (I)
180 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton * 617-698-3394
office@TempleShalomOnline.org * www.TempleShalomOnline.org
Sunday, Sept. 12, 10:30 am – noon, Observe 1st day of Religious School,
meet Temple officers, Rabbi & Ed. Director. Call in advance &
attend to receive complimentary tickets to one High Holiday service.
TEMPLE BETH ABRAHAM (C)
4 Raymond St. Nashua, NH * 603-883-8184
email@example.com * www.ttbanashua.uscjhost.net
Sunday, Aug. 15, 4 pm, Join us for a BBQ, tour our facility, meet our Rabbi
and committee chairs while learning about our religious, cultural,
educational & community activities.
Please RSVP to the Temple if you will be attending.
TEMPLE ISRAEL OF NATICK (C)
145 Hartford Street, Natick * 508-650-3521
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.tiofnatick.org
Sunday, Aug. 22, 9:30 - 11:30 am,
Meet clergy, staff & members over bagels, coffee & pastries.
50% off first year of membership. Welcome to MetroWest!
TEMPLE ALIYAH (C)
1664 Central Avenue, Needham * 781-444-8522
email@example.com * www.templealiyah.com
Saturday night, Sept. 4, musical American-Jewish Selichot Service
Sept. 9, 4 - 5 pm, Sept. 10, 9:15 am, Sept. 18, 4 - 5 pm: Young Family HH Services (6 yrs & under). Register by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for complimentary tickets.
TEMPLE BETH SHALOM (R)
670 Highland Avenue, Needham * 781-444-0077
email@example.com * www.tbsneedham.org
Sunday, Aug. 29, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
CONGREGATION DORSHEI TZEDEK (JRF)
60 Highland Street, West Newton * 617-965-0330
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.dorsheitzedek.org
Sunday, Aug. 29, 3 - 6 pm, Picnic, BBQ & softball
Friday, Sept. 3, 6 pm, All ages, Erev Shabbat Service & potluck
Friday, Sept. 24, 6 - 7:30 pm, Erev Shabbat/Sukkot Program & dinner for families of Pre-K through 2nd grade. RSVP
CONGREGATION OR YISRAEL (C)
233 Needham Street Suite 300, Newton * 617-969-3636
email@example.com * www.oryisrael.org
Visit our website for Kabbalat Shabbat locations. Services at 6:00 pm.
Shabbat morning (9:30 am) at the Meetinghouse on the Andover Newton Theological School campus, 210 Herrick Rd. Newton Centre.
Join our traditional, Conservative, egalitarian, participatory congregation.
TEMPLE SHALOM of NEWTON (R)
175 Temple Street, West Newton * 617-332-9550
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.templeshalom.org
Friday, Aug. 27, 6:15 - 8:30 pm, BBQ, Kid's activity while adults meet clergy & staff. 7:30 pm, Service & Oneg
Sunday, Sept. 12, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Nosh, tour, meet clergy & staff.
SHIR HADASH (JRF)
1310 Centre Street, Newton * 617-965-6862
email@example.com * www.shirhadash-ma.org
Sunday, Aug. 22, 4 - 7 pm, Open House BBQ in Newton
Friday, Aug. 27, 6:30 - 9 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat, Open House & supper
High Holiday Services open to the public at 60 Stein Circle, Newton, led by Rabbi Audrey Marcus-Berkman. Call or email for more information.
TEMPLE ISRAEL OF SHARON (C)
125 Pond Street, Sharon * 781-784-3986
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.tisharon.org
Monday, Sept. 20, 5 - 8 pm, "Build a Lulav" with congregation members
Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 am - 1 pm, Meet our congregation at a "Nametag Shabbat" and celebrate Shabbat with us!
Thursday, Sept. 9, 4:30 pm, Traditions Family Service followed by Tashlich
TEMPLE B'NAI BRITH (I)
201 Central Street, Somerville * 617-625-0333
email@example.com * www.templebnaibrith.org
Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 8,9,10) & Yom Kippur (Sept. 17, 18) Services
Call for reservations.
Open House Weekend! Shabbaat, Sept. 24, 6 - 7:15 pm, Sept. 25, 9:15 am - 1 pm
Sunday, Sept. 26, 11 am - 1 pm, Visit school, celebrate Sukkot, meet members.
HAVURAT SHALOM (I)
113 College Avenue, Somerville * 617-666-7816
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.thehav.org
Friday, Aug. 27, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, Meet havurah members,
Learn about the mysteries of Havurat Shalom, stay for services, then join us for a vegetarian dinner.
AHAVATH TORAH CONGREGATION (C)
1179 Central Street, Stoughton * 781-344-8733
email@example.com * www.atorah.org
Friday, Aug. 13, 6 pm, Shabbat dinner & Open House.
Contact us for additional Open House dates.
CONGREGATION SHIRAT HAYAM OF THE NORTH SHORE (C)
55 Atlantic Avenue, Swampscott * 781-599-8005
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.shirathayam.org
Sat. Aug. 14, 8:30 am - noon plus lunch, Shabbat Synaplex with Rabbi HaLevi & guest Hazzan Idan Irelander
Friday, Aug. 20, 6 pm, Shabba-B-Q (RSVP) Shabbat Live! @ 7:30
Every Shabbat beg. Aug. 14th- Shabbat Synaplex (only one in US)
TEMPLE BETH ELOHIM (R)
10 Bethel Road, Wellesley * 781-235-8419, ext. 424
email@example.com * www.bethelohim-wellesley.org
Tuesday, Sept. 7, 7 - 8:30 pm, Join us & learn about our community.
Meet members of our clergy, school staff & lay leadership.
Hear about our upcoming move to our new home!
TEMPLE HILLEL B’NAI TORAH (JRF)
120 Corey Street, West Roxbury * 617-323-0486
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.templehbt.org
Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 - 9 pm, dance & celebrate Simchat Torah!
Friday, Oct. 8, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, "Shakin Shabbat" 5:30 - young families, 6 - community dinner, 7 - 8:30 Kabbalat Shabbat
Sunday, Oct. 17, 10 - noon, Chaverim School Open House (Parparim)
TEMPLE BETH DAVID of WESTWOOD (R)
7 Clapboardtree Street, Westwood* 781-769-5270
email@example.com * www.templebethdavid.net
Sunday,Sept. 12, 9 am - 1 pm Shalom Temple Beth David!
TEMPLE SHIR TIKVAH (R)
34 Vine Street, Winchester * 781-729-1263
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.shir-tikvah.org
Sunday, Sept. 12, 10:30 - noon, "Temple Talk", meet Rabbi & Ed. Director
Friday, Sept. 24, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Sukkot Celebration & potluck dinner
Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 - 11 am, Tot Shabbat, Celebrate through prayer, song, dance & stories. Meet other families with young children.
CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL (C)
15 Jamesbury Drive, Worcester * 508-756-6204
email@example.com * www.bethisraelworc.org
Sunday, Aug. 29, 10 am - noon
For details, please call or email.
(R) Reform/URJ (C) Conservative/USCJ
(O) Orthodox (I) Independent
Congregations are adding new Open House events to JewishBoston.com all the time, so click here to see what else is going on. For additional information, call the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts at (617) 244-6506 or visit our website at www.synagoguecouncil.org.
Photo by Gary Simmons.