My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all people
(Isaiah 56:7)

Proceed With Caution
Chevre  Friends

Our Sages taught (Mishnah Pirkei Avot 1:1) "Be deliberate in judgement..."  In the wake of a flattening curve, relaxed restrictions, and government permission for houses of worship to reopen,  a consensus has emerged in the Jewish community, across lines of affiliation and denomination, that pays heed to the above quoted Rabbinic principle.  Please visit our homepage for updates, government advisories, and statements from major Jewish and other religious organizations.

Congregations, as a rule, are proceeding with caution, and not rushing to open and resume full scale in person operation.  Though we struggle with "Zoom fatigue," and yearn for direct eye contact, physical proximity, and the chance to celebrate and mourn together as a collective, our overriding imperative is preservation of life, health, and safety. This ethic is explicit in the Talmud, Tractate Yoma; "Nothing stands in the way of Pikuach Nefesh, saving a life..." [There are a few noted exceptions not relevant to the present conversation].
In order to address these pressing issues, Synagogue Council has organized a virtual workshop Opening Our Synagogues, Tuesday, May 26, 10am, led by a panel of health care professionals who are also active in the Jewish community and thus conversant with the dynamics of Synagogue life. For details and link to registration: Click here.  For our Facebook event: Click here. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns:,  617-244-6506 x18.

Stay safe and sound...  Shabbat Shalom

David Bernat, PhD, Executive Director
On behalf of the staff and board, Synagogue Council of MA
Hold the Date
Zaff Presidents Leadership Forum
Models of Collaboration: Rabbis, Presidents, and Executive Directors: Onboarding and Sustaining 

Wednesday, June 3, 2pm 
Details to Follow 
In the Community
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!
Together in Harmony:  
An Evening of Celebration Featuring Neshama Carlebach and Rabbi  Menachem Creditor
Wednesday, May 27, 7:30-8:30pm

During this unprecedented time of social isolation, coming together as a community is more important than ever. Join us for an evening of healing, song, and reflection with Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Scholar in Residence at the UJA-Federation of New York, and his wife, internationally renowned singer and songwriter Neshama Carlebach. We will also hear from Rabbi Marc Baker, CJP's President and CEO, and Ruderman Family Foundation leadership.


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