Chevre, friends -- Shalom,

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.  Synagogue Council is happy to share our current projects and also to amplify events sponsored by the IAC and the Shusterman Center at Brandeis University.  Should you have questions about SCM events, please be in touch with us.  Please direct questions about events sponsored by other institutions to them.

Best wishes for a peaceful Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom.
Wednesday, June 17, 2:00pm
Zoom Webinar
                              CLICK HERE FOR THE FACEBOOK EVENT 
Please join us for our next virtual workshop, Models of Collaboration: The Role of the Synagogue President, Wednesday, June 17, 2:00 pm, facilitated Dr. Craig Schneider. Click here to register.  (If you registered for the postponed Models of Collaboration event originally scheduled for June 3rd, you are automatically registered for this event.)

The format will be a moderated panel of current and past presidents followed by an interactive Q & A session.  Our goal is to leverage the experience, wisdom and insights of our panelists and also to answer your questions about best practices for collaboration - what a new president needs to know to succeed!  

Models of Collaboration is part of the Zaff Memorial Presidents' Leadership Forum, which provides a community of practice and training opportunities for synagogue leaders.   

On May 26, 2020, Synagogue Council hosted a webinar, Opening our Synagogues during which three public health experts discussed this timely topic. We are profoundly grateful to our distinguished panel, Ethan Mascoop, Dr. Bruce Weinstock, Dr. Wendy Heiger-Bernays and Dr. Jonathan Slutzman for their time and their outstanding, engaging, clear and fact-filled presentation.  Feedback from participants indicated that they highly valued this webinar and would be very interested in an update during the summer. We hope to have the opportunity to provide that update for you and will keep you posted.  The webinar video is currently available: Click here.
In addition, both a pdf of their PowerPoint slides and the video are available on our website: Click here.

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has created a portal for purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  To purchase PPE, please click here.  JFNA also hosted a very informative webinar facilitated by the Secure Community Network (SCN), entitled Safety and Security Concerns, which focused on health and safety issues that organizations need to address before they reopen. This is the link to the recording of that webinar: Click here.

Synagogue Council seeks to support you during these challenging times.  We hope that you will reach out to us.

The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts (SCM) is pleased to provide an extension for the AREV MA Initiative to July 16, 2020.  AREV MA distributes three grants of $1,800 each to support the development of innovative programming for young leaders of any gender (ages 22-45) and/or women's mentorship and leadership in congregations throughout the state.  The endeavor furthers SCM's mission to support congregations as vital centers of Jewish life.  

This year, given the challenges of navigating a new reality resulting from Covid-19, Synagogue Council has expanded our AREV MA (Anita Redner Empowerment Vehicle) grants to provide support for new initiatives that seek to strengthen Jewish community or to address the needs of the vulnerable or those under-served due to the necessity to access Jewish community through virtual experiences.  A case may also be made for requests that support innovations stimulated by Covid-19 that enhance Jewish community and/or strengthen leadership.

The AREV MA Initiative honors the legacy of Anita Redner, who had an immeasurable impact on the Boston Jewish community.
For more information about the grants and to access the application, please click here.
Daf Yomi
Sunday evenings,  
April 12 - June 28, 7:30-8:30pm

A Page of Talmud - Sunday evenings...from home...Join us for single days or for the rest of the series. 
With social distancing keeping us at home, we want to invite you to participate in a Torah-study program that you just might find interesting and that you can join from home. Each Sunday evening, a group of adults of varying Jewish backgrounds joins together to study the daily page of Talmud (Daf Yomi). The group, which has been meeting for years at the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts offices and for a series of years at Temple Emanual in Newton, now gathers over Zoom. Each week, we "tune in" to the same page of Talmud being studied around the world by thousands of others. The class is led by SCM former president Dr. Jesse Hefter of Brookline. The class is led in English and requires no prior experience. There is no charge for the class, just an invitation that you consider trying out the program for a Sunday evening, online, from 7:30-8:30 PM. For more information, please send your email address to the Synagogue Council office ( with the  
subject line of "Daf Yomi Class" and we will send you the Zoom information. Come join us and enjoy an hour of Talmud!

      IAC Ofek

Can't travel to Israel this summer? We will bring Israel to you!

Hebrew classes for adults from the comfort of your home with the best teachers and the most advanced technology. Each of our classes has a special Israeli flavor and interactive environment. This is also a great way to meet other like-minded adults from across the state. Classes will be in 3 levels: Level 1 - start building your modern Hebrew skills via conversations. Level 2 - practice, advance and have conversations in Hebrew. Level 3 - talk only in Hebrew to increase your Hebrew vocabulary. Classes start June 16 & 18.

Register today at:
Plagues and the Land of Israel: From Ottoman Times to Our Times
A webinar
Tuesday, June 23,

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University invites you to join us online for a webinar featuring:

Yaron Ayalon, Associate Professor of Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies and Director, Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, College of Charleston

in conversation with:

Jonathan D. Sarna, University Professor, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History; Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

  This event is part of our Summer Online Series. It is free and open to the public. Advance registration required; the Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the webinar.

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