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Our Vision and Values

Temple Shalom is a warm and inclusive community with members from throughout the Metrowest Boston area who aspire to find meaning and fulfillment in the practice of Reform Judaism. We believe that this meaning and fulfillment flows from a personal engagement with the living tradition of Judaism. 

As a congregational family, Temple Shalom is committed to making each person feel welcome and at home. We do this in a personal way by getting to know each member of our community, one at a time, and in doing so help everyone find a place in our dynamic and supportive Jewish community

We participate together in the religious, educational, and communal life of our congregation as we live the values of:

Lifelong Learning  (Torah Lishmah)
Enriching spirituality (Kedushah)
Building community (Kehillah)
Repairing the world (Tikkun Olam)
Deepening our relationship with Israel (Klal Yisrael)
 Sustaining Jewish continuity (Brit Olam)

At Temple Shalom, we live our Judaism and our Jewish values every day.

Creating Meaningful Worship Experiences

Prayer connects us more deeply to God and to one another. At Temple Shalom, Shabbat and holiday services are filled with music and the spirit of community. A variety of options are available for worshiping on Shabbat (Shabbat
Halleilu, Tot Shabbat Halleilu, Shabbat Evening Services, Shabbat Mindfulness and Meditation, Saturday Minyan and Torah Study, and Saturday Morning Services) and the High Holy Days. As we come together to worship throughout the year, we find meaning and joy in the connections we build.

Aliging Our Shared Vision and Values

Our community’s dual commitments to repairing the world, tikkun olam, and to justice, tzedek, inform our priorities. Longtime programs like  Family Mitzvah Day, Potatoes and Stuffing, the Brotherhood Blood Drive, Caring
Community
, and the High Holy Day Food Drive reflect this dedication to social action. Over the last year, our Tzedek Task Force has focused its community organizing and advocacy efforts on four pressing social issues: Immigrant Justice, Food Justice, Gun Violence, and Transgender Rights.

Engaging and Educating Our Young People

Temple Shalom’s exceptional educational programs not only promote Jewish learning, butalso build community. At every age level—Nursery School, SHACHARIT (grades K-5), MINCHA (grades 6-7), and MA'ARIV (grades 8-12)—our
programs hum with activity and purpose, providing innovative curricula that deepen students’ connections to Judaism and the largerworld. Outside the classroom, our youngest children gather to worship (Tot Shabbat), sing
(Musical Matzoh Balls), and engage in hands-on activities (Little Explorers), while our SHAFTY youth groups provide teens with opportunities for learning, fun, and social impact.

Nurturing Our Vibrant Adult Community

Whatever your interest—discussing books, movies, or spirituality; gardening; cooking; playing games; engaging with Israel; or Jewish learning—you will find other people at Temple Shalom who share your passion. From informal
clubs for the hobbyist to formal classes for the lifelong learner, Temple Shalom provides a wide array of opportunities for our adult community. Just want to socialize? Events like the Progressive Dinner, Parents’ Night Out, Sisterhood Fall Fling, Merlot and Midrash, or Margaritas and Megillah offer the chance to connect with old friends andbuild new relationships.

Inclusion

Temple Shalom is deeply committed to a philosophy of inclusion in our approach to Jewish education, programming, and worship. We practice inclusion at Temple Shalom in many ways:

  • Our facility is wheelchair accessible from all levels via elevator. 
  • An inclusion cart stocked with fidget toys, hearing assistance devices, and large print prayer books is present at all worship services.
  • All-gender restrooms are available in multiple locations in our facility. 
  • We ask about food allergies when hosting events where food is involved, and make every effort to accommodate. 
  • We work closely with Gateways to ensure that every child has access to Jewish Education. 
  • Our Inclusion Community Task Force is constantly working to make our home safe and inclusive for all who walk through the doors. 

Become Involved Our Community

We would love to help you connect to people and program opportunities at Temple Shalom.  For more information contact Caroline Dorn, Membership & Engagement Coordinator. 

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