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Taking Action to Support the Most Vulnerable in the New Year with IsraAID

09/02/2021 09:48:18 AM


Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, at least 684,000 people are in urgent need of assistance. IsraAID’s emergency response team is currently on the ground, distributing vital relief items and providing psychological first aid. 


Like Haiti, vulnerable communities around the world are severely impacted by ongoing and new emergencies. Many of IsraAID’s  beneficiaries have faced double or even...Read more...

Links to Help the People of Afghanistan and Haiti

08/27/2021 01:04:12 PM



Links to Help the People of Afghanistan and Haiti


American Jewish World Service (AJWS) has an online campaign to send contributions to help the people of Haiti.


 The Ayiti Community Trust is a Haitian-led relief organization.


HIAS has multiple actions that...

From Camp to Conferences: New Jewish Music From My Soul For Yours

08/23/2021 01:57:31 PM


Joshua C. Cohen

I am beyond excited and honored to be entering my fifth High Holy Days as the Music Educator here at Temple Ohabei Shalom. Jewish music has been a part of my life ever since I was a little kid. From attending Friday Night Services with my mother to countless Jewish conferences and going off to Jewish Summer...Read more...

Congregation - A Poem by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

06/17/2021 04:39:19 PM


Written June 10, 2021, for Temple Ohabei Shalom on the occasion of returning to our building on Beacon Street after 15 months.

When we outgrew cloud and fire
we built a place with our hands and all
that we could bring -- 
strong enough to hold You, and us, and
what we were to each other
but soft enough to come apart
and together
wherever we encamped.

And later, the place for...

Juneteenth Events and Resources 

06/16/2021 10:24:25 AM


Events and Resources for Education and Celebration (Resources compiled by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association)  

Second Annual Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, June 18, 2021, 5pm ET

Celebrate the holiday of Juneteenth, cohosted by Reconstructing Judaism and  Be'chol Lashon, featuring Rabbi Sandra Lawson and more.  Cosponsored by 18 Doors, JCC Manhatten, One Table, PJ...Read more...

Temple Ohabei Shalom Phased Reopening Continues

05/17/2021 11:04:45 AM


Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman, Rabbi Daniel Schaefer, Shari Churwin

We’re writing today with an update on our TOS operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. As so much is changing, here at TOS we are also beginning to plan for more in-person events. As a Jewish organization, we continue to be guided by our sacred values of Pikuah Nefesh "Safeguarding Life" and Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh  "We Are All Responsible for One Another." ...Read more...

Omer Story Share: Susan Zeiger

05/14/2021 09:44:57 AM


I’ve loved reading the words of fellow TOS congregants over the last six weeks. And it’s gotten me thinking about the searching—the wandering—that so many of us do to find a place to call our Jewish “home.”

For me, an authentic Jewish home is a community of searchers where I can bring my full Jewish self—that is, a place where my faith and doubts, my hope and my questions (so many questions!)...Read more...

05/14/2021 09:43:54 AM


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Omer Story Share: Michelle Simon

05/06/2021 02:33:29 PM



I happened upon the Trust Center, and by extension Temple Ohabei Shalom, shortly after my second son was born. My  two and a half year old son was doing all the things that kids do when a new baby comes home and I knew he needed a higher quality preschool program. From my limited research, I came upon the Trust Center. It was one of the few preschools I could find with early drop off (I’m a teacher) and...Read more...

Omer Story Share: Spence Gould

04/30/2021 10:12:21 AM


I grew up in Clinton, a small Central MA town with only one synagogue, founded in 1927 by my grandfather, his older brother, and their peers.  We never had more than 20 Jewish families, and Rabbis never seemed to stay long. Papa Louis was either leading services from the Bimah, or sitting in the right front row, right-most seat. His three sons and their families sat in the next three rows, from oldest to youngest son, EVERY...Read more...

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