Sign In Forgot Password

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 (you can still donate) 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 your usher for assistance.

The Peace Room

The Temple Ohabei Shalom Inclusion Committee has worked many months to provide materials for a movable Peace Room. The Peace Room consists of a cart with sensory tools, soft lighting, weighted blankets, noise-canceling headphones, and a variety of stress-management resources. It is available at most public events (location varying according to overall space needs) for anyone who might need a break due to sensory or other personal challenges. (All children must be supervised.)

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 accessiblity 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 in this page, please let us know so that we can address it together. Contact the office at 617 277-6610 or email us at info@ohabei.org.

Mon, September 24 2018 15 Tishrei 5779