Your history happens here….

Founded in 1842, Temple Ohabei Shalom is Massachusetts’ oldest Jewish congregation. For more than 170 years we have helped families and organizations form rich memories of special moments together. Whether a wedding, a bat/bar mitzvah, a concert, fundraiser or business meeting, your guests will never forget an event at Temple Ohabei Shalom.

 Our Sanctuary

One of America’s truly grand sanctuaries, Temple Ohabei Shalom is modeled on themes from Hagia Sophia and the Great Synagogue of Florence, Italy. With its majestic domed ceiling and cantilevered balcony, this historic structure accommodates 1750 guests. Available for bat/bar mitzvahs, weddings, concerts and graduations, we are pleased to open our Sanctuary to non-members as well as members.

Available for smaller religious gatherings, concerts and lectures, Montague Chapel can accommodate 300 individuals. Located above Lissner Hall, its kaleidoscope of stained glass windows and raised bimah provide a warm, intimate setting.

 Penn-Spero Hall

Penn-Spero Banquet Hall, equipped with a permanent raised stage and dance floor can comfortably accommodate a 300-guest dinner or 600-guest cocktail reception. Through the years, it has hosted graduations, award ceremonies, plays, concerts, speaker series, and fundraisers as well as thousands of Bat/Bar Mitzvah parties and wedding receptions.  A full service kitchen, prep room and storage facility stand ready for your caterer’s use. Wifi, sound and visual equipment are readily available.

Lissner Hall

Lissner Hall is just right for medium to small events. Onegs, executive meetings and retreats, cocktail receptions, book signings and exhibitions all work well in this versatile space. Seated dinners for 75 guests and cocktail/buffet receptions for up to125 guests are easily accommodated.

Located immediately below Montague Chapel, Lissner Hall has its very own caterer’s kitchen ensuring guests’ needs are met regardless of other events happening simultaneously on our campus.

Meeting Rooms

Several small meeting rooms serving up to 30 persons in boardroom or classroom style are also available.

Travel and Parking

Our strategic location on Beacon Street in Brookline at the Kent Street Green Line Stop makes us a great location for your next event.  A Courtyard Marriott is a quick 10-minute walk at Coolidge Corner and a Holiday Inn sits directly opposite the synagogue. Out of town guests are able to take in all that Boston has to offer by subway. Museums, Fenway Park, kosher restaurants, stores and shopping are all a walk away.

On street parking is available, however, during Red Sox games, you may prefer to negotiate with a nearby parking garage or hotel. We will work with you to arrange parking should this be desirable.

To make an appointment to view our facilities, please contact us at (617) 277-6610 and ask for Functions. Temple Ohabei Shalom accommodates individuals with disabilities.  We are able to assist you for both kosher and non-kosher events.


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