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Accessibility and Inclusion

Guided by the core teaching that all humanity is created b’tzelem Elohim (in the image of God), Temple Ohabei Shalom strives to create a welcoming and inclusive experience for all. Members and guests alike are cherished as they are and fully embraced by the community. It is our deeply-held belief that we are all unique and that we all have unique needs. In our infinite variety, we are one community.

With our Sanctuary reconstruction project we are thrilled at the opportunity to bring our intentions more fully to life, with a lowered and wheelchair-accessible bima and modernized facilities. Additionally, our schools and event spaces are fully accessible and inclusive, with elevator access and gender-neutral, wheelchair-accessible restroom facilities. Teachers and staff have been trained in awareness of diverse needs, learning styles, gender expressions, and sexual orientations.

Public Transportation

We are located directly across the street from the Kent Street Station on the C line, at the corner of Beacon and Powell Streets. We are just a few blocks from the St. Mary’s Station on the C line, and the Longwood Station on the D line, which are both equipped with wheelchair ramps.

Accessible Entrances

There are three accessible entrances at Temple Ohabei Shalom:
    on Marshal Street, directly off the parking lot
    on Beacon Street, Rosenfield doors (glass doors halfway between Kent and Marshal Streets)
    behind the parking lot, (near the shed) leading directly to Sanctuary

Accessibility in Worship

Large-print prayer books and assisted-hearing devices are available upon request. Please speak to an usher for assistance.

The Peace Room

The Temple Ohabei Shalom Inclusion Committee has worked many months to create a beautiful Peace Room complete with inspiring artwork. The Peace Room is located adjacent to Rabbi Berkman's study. It consists of comfortable seating, space for wheelchairs and other accessibility devices, sensory tools, soft lighting, weighted blankets, noise-canceling headphones, and a variety of stress-management resources. Access to the Peace Room is available at public events for anyone who might need a break due to sensory or other personal challenges. (All children must be supervised by an adult.)

The Peace Room is generously sponsored by Jeremy & Jill Grossman.

Rest Rooms

Accessible rest rooms are available adjacent to all classrooms, as well as the Sanctuary, Chapel, Penn-Spero and Lissner Hall. Several of our rest rooms are designated as all-gender facilities, and most are equipped with changing tables.

Accessible and Companion Seating

Seats for optimal accessibility are located throughout the Sanctuary for comfort of choice. Companion seats are available in both the Sanctuary and the Chapel for people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Please speak to your usher for assistance.

We are here for you

If you have a need that has not been addressed on this page, please let us know so that we can address it together. Contact the office at 617.277.6610 or email us at

Thu, December 8 2022 14 Kislev 5783