Welcome to Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

  • Welcome

    The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts (SCM) is a unique organization focused on bringing the diverse elements of our Jewish community together in unity.

  • Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

    We strive for this unity through meaningful and respectful dialogue and initiatives.

  • Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

    We offer programs and classes for individuals who thrive in settings that embrace diversity and personal growth.

  • Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

    We enhance the vitality of over 120 member congregations and minyanim.

  • Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

    By offering seminars and support for lay and professional leaders, we are proud to strengthen area synagogues and minyanim.

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One Community, Many Branches

Unity Mission to New York: A Transformational Journey

Plans are underway for our next Unity Mission to New York, now in its 28th year, to be held Sunday & Monday, November 9th & 10th.  This program brings together leaders of congregations and minyanim from throughout Massachusetts for a one-of-a-kind experience that will move you, uplift you and alter the way you perceive yourself and your fellow Jews for all time!



Calling All Women: Join the KOLOT Community.

Attend a Wonderful Kick-Off Event with Professor Susannah Heschel on October 26!

Our long-time study series for Jewish women will be starting up again and we have a great year in store.  Those interested in the joy of Jewish learning as part of a diverse group of warm Jewish women are encouraged to sign up for a great experience.  We are proud to present additional top-notch faculty members this year:  Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Professor Jane Kanarek, Marjorie Sokoll, Keren McGinity, Anita Diamant, Rabbi Liza Stern and Geni Bleich.

For further information, click here.


Synagogue Council Organizes Bus Transportation to Israel Rally

At the August 7th Rally for Israel, in the confines of City Hall Plaza greeted by police and surrounded by security, it was so gratifying to see bus after bus — from the North Shore, MetroWest, South area and Newton/Brookline (organized by SCM) — arriving with 500 people on board.

No less miraculous than the busloads of people was the gorgeous rainbow over the Holocaust Memorial with a message of hope for better days ahead.

Photo Courtesy Jacquelynn Abraham-Saslaw


Our Blog

The Synagogue Provides Comfort During Trying Times


BLOGPOST By Alan Teperow

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:12pm

Nachamu, Nachamu Ami – Comfort, Comfort My People

Our summer jaunts to the beach may have been peaceful, but they didn’t provide the kind of comfort many of us needed this summer. In a recent Shabbat sermon, Rabbi Wes Gardenswartz referenced these prophetic words of Isaiah, suggesting that the kind of inner peace we seek only comes when we are together with fellow Jews, in our synagogues and communities.



Five-Year Calendar of Jewish Holidays 

Do you ever need to plan ahead, perhaps a year or more, keeping in mind the Jewish holidays? Or, maybe you want to be absolutely sure your community or school district is aware of Jewish holidays to avoid scheduling conflicts.  If so, click here for a five-year calendar of Jewish holidays produced by USCJ.


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Featured Events

Tour de Teperow to Depart from SCM Bus Depot

November 2nd Bus Tour to Celebrate Alan's Career

Join us on Sunday, November 2 from 12:30-6:00 pm as we celebrate Alan Teperow through a tour of the Jewish stories and places that map his remarkable career.  

Our "Tour de Teperow" will take us from Boston's oldest surviving active synagogue building, through the urban neighborhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester, to suburban synagogues, and to the Baker Street Jewish cemeteries, where so much of our community history lives.  



What Do You Say After You Say Hello?

Telephone Ambassadors Training for Receptionists and Administrators

A hands-on training to enable telephone ambassadors to become more responsive and knowledgeable regarding questions often posed by prospective members.  Sponsored by SCM, MATSA and the Outeach Training Institute of URJ.

Tuesday, October 21
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
at Temple Shalom of Newton

Registration is $25 including materials and morning refreshments.
Questions? Email Maria or call 617-928-0012 for additional information.


Annual Tribute Celebration Pays Special Tribute

Alan Teperow Makes a Dramatic Announcement and Surprises Marilin Lipman for 15 Years at SCM

Temple Aliyah in Needham was the venue for this year's Annual Tribute Celebration, held on June 11, 2014 with close to 300 people in attendance.  A magical evening was enjoyed by friends and family of our honorees — Leonard Davidson, Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow and Benjamin Sigel — as well as leaders of the Greater Boston Jewish community, SCM Board members and supporters, and those who came to surprise Marilin Lipman who had just completed 15 years with the Synagogue Council.


Of particular note was Alan Teperow's special announcement that he is retiring next year which will "be the end of an era and the beginning of a new one, filled with hope and renewal as this organization transitions to a new generation of community leaders."  For Alan's remarks, or to view the entire evening’s festivities, click here. Or read the front page article in the Jewish Advocate about Alan's announcement.

Quotes and photo album


SCM Supports Synagogues in Transition


As Temple Beth El in Quincy prepares to close its doors and merge with Temple Shalom of Milton (to become Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills), Alan Teperow met with Rabbi Fred Benjamin (2nd from right) and officials from the former Beth El congregation.  Together, we are working to ensure that all sacred artifacts, ritual objects and stained glass windows will find a proper home for future use and commemoration.


Featured Synagogues & Minyanim

Our Featured Congregation for Tishrei/Cheshvan is Temple Israel, a Conservative congregation in Natick. We are pleased to recognize the synagogue in celebration of its 70th anniversary this year. Visit Temple Israel's website for more information. 
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