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Temple Ohabei Shalom 180th Celebration

celebrate. commemorate. connect


Please mark your calendars and look for further announcements.

We hope you will join the celebration!


For more information on how you can get involved, contact Larry Green, 180th Committee Chair:



   For our year-long celebration in 2022, we invite congregants,               alumni and friends to join us for the following:

  • Story-sharing  We come from many backgrounds, and our diversity is our strength. We will share our stories through a variety of media

  • Music & Worship On May 6th, Nava Tehila, the renowned Israeli music ensemble, will join us for a community Erev Shabbat B'yachad.

  • Study Weekend On October 28th-29th, participate in a series of discussions and presentations featuring prominent speakers as we look back and look forward.

  • Tikkun Olam In the Spring, an intergenerational group will plan trees near the Ohabei Shalom cemetery in East Boston.

  • Walking Tours We will visit Jewish Boston, Aspinwall Hill and Ohabei Shalom cemetery, as well as our historic Sanctuary building and our Chapel stained glass windows.

  • Rededicating As we celebrate Hanukkah, our Festival of Lights, we will celebrate the light that TOS has provided to the greater community for 180 years!

Upcoming Events & Offerings


Help us celebrate our 180th year by sharing your memories and stories of Temple Ohabei Shalom! Out of the memories and material we receive, we’re going to create a “living museum” – an online exhibit to share with our community.

Share Your Story HERE

On Tuesday, April 5, 2022 we hosted the first of a series of story-telling events featuring TOS members. We heard from Mike Mittelman and Eva and Gene Deutsch who shared their stories from the Holocaust and behind the Iron Curtain. 

Saturday, December 3, Evening

We will be hosting a 180th musical concert, "Music at Ohabei - Past, Present and Future," on Saturday, December 3rd. We will be featuring past and present musicians of TOS.

More Details Coming Soon!

Walking Tours

Blake Park: A New Neighborhood for Brookline
Sunday, May 1, 2022
10:30am - 12:00pm 
Meet in front of the Brookline High School main entrance on Greenough Street.

In 1880, banker Arthur Welland Blake engaged Frederick Law Olmsted to draw plans for the subdivision into roads and lots of his family’s Aspinwall Hill estate. The plans were never executed, and the estate remained something of an anomaly: a large tract of open land in the heart of a community rapidly developing as a "streetcar suburb". Finally, in 1925, with both Blake and Olmsted long dead, a new neighborhood began to emerge, populated mainly by middle-class families, including many members of Brookline’s growing Jewish community. Join Brookline Historical Society president Ken Liss for a 90-minute walking tour of the neighborhood once known as Blake Park and coming into its own around the time that Temple Ohabei Shalom first moved to Brookline.

Synagogues, Stores, and Community: The Early Development and Growth of Jewish Brookline
Sunday, June 12, 2022
10:30am - 12:00pm
Meet on the TOS Chapel Steps on Beacon Street.

The first half of the 20th century saw dramatic growth in the Jewish population of Brookline and in the institutions, businesses, and activities that helped make the town a center of Jewish life in the Boston area. 


We had a great turnout on Sunday June 12th with about 30 people in attendance. We learned so much about TOS and many other aspects of Brookline through a Jewish lens. Come join us for many other exciting events throughout the rest of the year as we celebrate our temple’s 180th anniversary.

Music & Worship

Daphna Rosenberg – Vocals and Guitar
Yoel Sykes – Vocals and Guitar


Coleen Dieker – Violin


Jesse Chevan – Percussion

Shabbat B'yachad with Nava Tehila
Friday, May 6, 2022
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Click HERE for the evening's Song Sheet

Welcome Shabbat with soul-nourishing melodies composed and led by world-renowned Jerusalem-based Nava Tehila. Joining our voices together in ancient prayer set to contemporary melodies, we will create a sacred and unforgettable experience of connection and community. On this special evening, Nava Tehila invites us to travel into the landscape of holiness and joy for a unique musical Kabbalat Shabbat experience.


Friday Evening Schedule

Services will begin at 6:00pm in our Sanctuary, open to all! We will also be providing free childcare for those who need. The service will also be streamed. Please check your email or contact the TOS office for the Zoom link. 

There will be a catered dinner following services at 7:30pm for those who have registered. Dinner sign ups are now closed. For those who would be more comfortable eating outdoors, we will provide a few outdoor tables, weather-permitting. If you would like to help subsidize the costs of the evening as an Event Sponsor at $360, please click HERE! All event sponsors will be listed in the Event Program. We hope you will join us!

Click HERE for the evening's Song Sheet

Tikkun Olam - Tree Planting Project

East Boston Tree Planting
Sunday, April 24, 2022

Temple Ohabei Shalom, the oldest and longest continuing
Jewish congregation in Massachusetts, is celebrating its 180th anniversary this year.  The number 180 has a very special meaning in Judaism as it is 18 times 10, with 18 representing Chai, meaning life, and 10 representing the 10 Commandments.  In partial celebration of this very significant milestone, an inter-generational group of TOS congregants will be planting 18 trees in East Boston, in the immediate vicinity of the Ohabei Shalom Cemetery.  Established in 1844, the Ohabei Shalom Cemetery is the oldest and longest standing Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts.

East Boston has the sparsest tree canopy of any community in Massachusetts, and TOS wants to do its small part in adding to the East Boston tree canopy, for the benefit of that community and also in recognition of the important role that tree planting plays in addressing climate change.  The TOS group is working in conjunction with Speak for the Trees, a nonprofit with a mission devoted to climate justice, as well as Trees Eastie and the Harborview Neighborhood Association.  The first nine trees will be planted on Sunday, April 24 beginning at noon at the Boys & Girls Club adjacent to the Ohabei Shalom Cemetery.  On that date, the TOS volunteers will be working side by side volunteers from the Boys & Girls Club.

We look forward to commemorating the 180th Anniversary of TOS in this meaningful way, and we are also hopeful that we can set the example for other congregations to engage in tree planting projects. If you’d like to serve as one of our volunteers, or otherwise wish to learn more about this opportunity, please click HERE.

Sat, August 13 2022 16 Av 5782