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

The JCCs of Greater Boston
South Area Women’s Event

Temple Sinai, Sharon
May 3, 2016 7:30-9:30 PM

Dialogue & Dessert: Up Close and Personal with Anita Diamant, author of The Boston Girl. In conversation with Judith Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive.

Join Jewish women from the South Area for a “sweet” evening of dessert and discussion featuring gourmet specialty coffee bar, chocolate fountain, and an extensive dessert reception.

Cost: $20.00



The National Center for Jewish Film’s
19th Annual Film Festival
May 4 - 22, 2016

Join us for 29 screenings at five Boston-area venues! Each year, The National Center for Jewish Film presents a vibrant program of new independent films and classic cinematic gems from around the world. NCJF’s festival is an outgrowth of its work as a unique, independent nonprofit film archive, distributor, and exhibitor.

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Am HaYam Cape Cod Havurah

Co-Sponsoring Holocaust Memorial Service
May 4, 2016 at 7 pm
Nauset Middle School

A Child of the Holocaust:
Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto
Guest Speaker: Kristine Keese
author of “Shadows of Survival:
A Child’s Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto”

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Benefit Concert at Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester
Celebrating TAA's Fifth Year in Their New Building
Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 5 pm


Joshua Nelson and the Kosher Gospel Singers live at Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester!!
Special reception for premium donors with Joshua Nelson after the concert!!!

Tickets start at $36. Register now or call Natalia at 978.281.0739 for tickets and more information!

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SCM Programs

Annual Tribute Celebration

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6:00 pm
Temple Aliyah, Needham

Our Honorees
Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture

Leon Wieseltier spoke Sunday, March 27th to an audience of approximately 500 people in the sanctuary of Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill.


Read about it at JewishBoston.com

Videos by Larry Sandberg



Synagogue Council in the In the News

David Bernat, Executive Director, quoted in the Jewish Advocate, Nov 6, 2015 issue front page article titled "Several Local Synagogues Succeeding While Others Contending With Challenges".

Commenting on ingredients for success...
"'Its a combination of factors,' said David Bernat, Executive Director of Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. Among these are a charismatic Rabbi; an inclusive attitude toward interfaith familiies, LGBT individuals, and people with disabilities; and innovative programming and a creative way to use the physical space of the synagogue. Overall, "a creative vision, forward-looking type of attitude," are important, he added".

Featured Synagogues & Minyanim

The Brookline Havurah Minyan is an egalitarian Jewish, creative, member-led worship community based in the Brookline and Newton area.  They have gathered since 1980 (36 years ago) to celebrate Shabbat, holidays, life cycle events, and special communal activities placing a strong emphasis on community.

Visit their website for more information.

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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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