Events and Initiatives
MAAVAR
Resources for Congregations
in Transition

Our new initiative, Maavar, serving congregations in transition, has gotten off to a great start.  We have found new homes for sacred items from closing Synagogues and have had strategic visioning and planning sessions with several communities. We continue to receive inquiries from synagogues wanting various kinds of assistance as they work through changes in their communities or missions, and the sacred objects segment has expanded quickly.  With the widespread attention Maavar has received, we have had requests for support from Rhode Island and Maine as well as in our home state of Massachusetts. We are cultivating new partnerships and developing a suite of services to connect members with legal and other resources.

We will continue to update the Maavar site with both new listings and placements of previously listed objects, so we urge you to check back frequently.
We also ask for your philanthropy so that we can continue to build our capacity to serve.
We are hosting, for the first time, a gathering of representatives from independent minyanim and chavurot. It will be held on Thursday, March 16th, 7:00 pm at the SCM offices, 1320 Centre Street #306, Newton Centre. Kosher, vegan and allergy sensitive dinner provided. 

This will be an opportunity to meet, share resources, and discuss successes, challenges and aspirations.

Recent studies have shown that a growing segment of the Jewish community does not identify with a particular denomination and is affiliating with non-traditional institutions. At SCM, we care about you and want to do what we can to support your vitality.

As there is no official registry for such Kehillot, some may have fallen through the cracks, and for this we apologize. Are you part of a minyan or chavurah that we missed? If so, we invite you to contact our Rabbinic Intern, Salem Pearce at  salem@synagoguecouncil.org, 617-244-6506 and to attend the gathering on the 16th.
In The Community
Ohabei Shalom marks it's 175th anniversary with an exciting yearlong cycle of events kicking off with a gala on April 27th.

Ruderman Knesset Mission

SAVE THE DATE

Strengthening the Relationship
Town Hall Meeting with Israeli Knesset Members
An Interactive conversation with the Community

Wednesday, March 29
7:30 pm | Free and open to the public
Boston Area

For more information, please email jasmine@rudermanfoundation.org
TRANSGENDER INCLUSION IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

An evening of listening, sharing, and learning for Jewish communal leadership
Presented by Keshet and URJ Reform Jewish Outreach Boston
Thursday, March 30, 7-9 pm at Temple Shalom, Newton
In 2015, congregations of the Union for Reform Judaism unanimously passed a resolution calling for the full inclusion of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals in our communities.
This is an opportunity for Jewish communal leaders to learn about the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in our congregations and communities and how to better welcome and honor people of all gender identities.

$54 per organization team registration.
$125 per organization co-sponsorship. Includes team registration and recognition in future publicity.


Light refreshments will be served.
The Boston-area Jewish community is participating in CJP's Read On program, and we want you on the same page with us. Together we'll read Here I Am , the bestselling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer . Start reading now, and then attend a free event on Wednesday, April 26 featuring the author and sponsored by CJP's Jewish Learning and Engagement. More details to come!
Be one of SCM's Amoodim, our pillars.
Give us the capacity to serve and impact our Jewish community.

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