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Shabbat ~ Taking a moment to breathe together

07/02/2018 10:05:01 AM


by Rabbi Berkman

Shabbat, as our sages understood, is a taste of the world as it should be – a pause from the busyness and noise of the day-to-day and a time to be...Read more...

TOS Shows its Pride

06/05/2018 08:00:00 PM


by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

Today, for the first time, our 175-year-old congregation marched as a community in Boston’s Pride Parade.

Shehechiyanu! It was such a wonderful celebration of life and love. From our truck, complete with a replica of our synagogue’s dome on top, we cheered, waved, and returned shouts of...Read more...

Rabbi Berkman's Invocation-Annual Meeting 2018

06/05/2018 07:00:00 PM


by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman


Invocation and Reflections:


Parashat Bo—the Ninth Plague: Darkness by Ellen Mosner

03/26/2018 05:49:03 PM


Ellen Mosner

The origin of my name Ellen is derived from the Greek root ēlē meaning light or bright.  Perhaps that explains why I’ve always had an affinity for light.  Or more precisely, fire.  If you build a fire, I will be lost to it, mesmerized by the flames for hours.  So, it makes sense that of...Read more...

Co-presidents Corner – Strategic Planning & Clergy Search

03/13/2018 05:29:55 PM


Georgia Churilla & Rachel Calmas



Dear TOS Community,

We are pleased to update you on our strategic planning and clergy search process.

Strategic Planning
On March 11th, we held our second community meeting. At this meeting, we examined our personal and congregational Jewish values. We then envisioned our community in the year 2023. Each table created a long list of...Read more...

A Purim Painting comes home

03/01/2018 05:29:29 PM


Naomi Gurt Lind

From Generation to Generation

On Tuesday we received a visit from two local women and a painting…and the painting stayed. Martha Pierce and Norrie Epstein were little girls at TOS. Their grandfather, Louis Epstein, was President of TOS and their grandmother, Martha Epstein, was the first woman Vice President of...Read more...

Co-Presidents Corner ~ More about Strategic Planning

02/15/2018 05:17:21 PM


Rachel Calmas & Georgia Churilla


Hi Friends,

As we head into what is typically a quiet week for many in our community, we wanted to take this opportunity to share more about our Strategic Planning work – how it came about, why it’s important, and how it relates to previous planning initiatives.

As a community, there is so much we want to do. Strategic planning is an important tool...Read more...

Co-Presidents Corner ~ We’re looking forward

02/01/2018 12:00:00 AM


Rachel Calmas & Georgia Churilla


Hi everyone,

Our strategic planning community meeting was a huge success, showing us the energy around this initiative and highlighting places where we need continued work. Please read below for updates on our clergy transition and strategic planning process.

Clergy Transition
The board continues to discuss our clergy needs and will soon determine...Read more...

Co-Presidents Corner ~ Speak Up!

01/08/2018 12:00:00 AM


Georgia Churilla & Rachel Calmas


Dear Friends,

We are thrilled that 165 of you shared your thoughts in our strategic planning survey! Please join us for the next step in the process. A community-wide meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28th at 2 pm. There will be childcare! There will be food! There will be lively conversation! We would love to see you there.

Three community...

Co-Presidents Corner ~ Georgia Churilla & Rachel Calmas

12/18/2017 12:00:00 AM


Rachel Calmas & Georgia Churilla


Last week you received an email asking you to participate in a community-wide survey that will inform our strategic planning initiative. This process is truly a community-wide effort. We need to hear your voice! Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey before the deadline THIS THURSDAY! *

An Ohabei Shalom team has been established to work closely with our...Read more...

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