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

Walnut Street Synagogue of Chelsea

One of the longest operating Orthodox synagogues

in Massachusetts.

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The Best of Broadway 2 at Temple Emanuel
Sunday, November 29, 7:30 p.m.
Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street, Newton

Cantor Elias Rosemberg, will be joining the Bostonians, with Founding Director Richard Conrad, to celebrate the contributions Jews have made to American musical theater. Tickets price: $25 Adults and $20 for students.

For more information click here or call 617-558-8100. This concert will be in memory of Lucia David Z’ L’


New Film Series at Cong. Beth Shalom-Blue Hills

“Cooking Culture” is the theme of this season’s Winter Movie Series of Cong. Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills, co-sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Milton, and open to the public.  The opening film is “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg” on Saturday evening, November 21st at 7:00 p.m.

For more information call Cong. Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills at 617-698-3394 or email: [email protected]

Featured Events

Community Shabbaton

Shabbat for all God's Children:

Inclusion and Accessibility in Judaism

A pluralistic Shabbaton in partnership with the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts and Temple Ohabei Shalom with support from CJP.

Friday - Saturday    December  4 - 5



Leadership Seminar (Formerly President's Council Meeting)

From Corporation to Congregation: Perspectives from the Private Sector for Congregational Leaders.
Keynote Spaaker : Jeremy Fingerman, CEO Foundation for Jewish Camp.
Former CEO, Manishewitz,  President, Campbells US Soup Division.
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016,  9:30 AM.  Details TBA

Racial Diversity in the Jewish Community

In partnership with Reform Jewish Outreach Boston (RJOB) and Jewish Discovery Institute (JDI).
Thursday, March 10, 5:30 PM.   Details TBA

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

Our Featured Congregation for Elul/Tishrei is Temple Beth Israel, a traditional, egalitarian congregation in Waltham. We are pleased to recognize the synagogue in celebration of its 100th anniversary. Visit Temple Beth Israel's website for more information.

View past featured sites


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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