Welcome To The Boston Synagogue!
9:30 AM Preliminary
9:45 AM Shaharit
Friday Night 6:30 PM
Saturday AM 9:45 AM*
* 9:30 AM Preliminary
9:45 AM Shaharit
A wonderful spirit is alive at The Boston Synagogue (also known as the Charles River Park Synagogue). We are a warm, small, neighborhood shul (What People Are Saying About Us). The Shul is located down the street from the TD BankNorth (Boston) Garden and near Mass General Hospital. Our members and friends come largely from Charles River Park, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the North End, the Waterfront, Charlestown and adjacent Cambridge. There are even some who come from the North and South Shore.
Our 1971 building is an modern achitectural masterpiece that won two design awards. Here is how Robert Campbell described the shul in a 1996 Pulitzer Prize-wining essay: "an architectural gem where a myserious golden light falls into the interior as if coming directly from God." (Boston Courant article). But we've kept up with the times, and are one of the greenest houses of worship in Boston (Creating a Green Shul).
The Boston Synagogue is the only synagogue located in the heart of downtown with 52-week Shabbat and Holiday services. (History of the Shul). The Shul's mission is to serve the needs of the diverse body of Jews living in downtown Boston (Mission Statement). We are unaffiliated – and the synagogue is trans-denominational egalitarian, where both women and men are active participants in the service. There is an openness to all and it’s a place where people across Jewish denominations can make their own spiritual connections. (So What Denomination Are You, Anyway?).
The Boston Synagogue is a lay-led congregation. For rabbinic support, we’ve taken an ensemble approach and have a cadre of ‘regulars,’ who are with us on a periodic basis. They include Rabbis/interns from Liberal, Conservative and Post-Denominational backgrounds. (Our Rabbis). Together with lay-leadership we are finding ways to make prayer and the services more meaningful and participatory.
Community, Torah, and Tradition are at the center of continuity in downtown Boston. The Shul offers learning experiences for everyone. There are programs for Tots, Hebrew School age kids. We offer bar/bat mitzvah preparation and can assist in facilitating your upcoming simcha! There are also Adult Education programs and other events, celebrations and lectures throughout the year.
We’re informal, with a minimum of pomposity. The dress code is optional, within reasonable, respectable bounds. During the course of the year, most men don’t wear suits. Some women wear skirts, and others wear pants. We would rather you come and be comfortable, than have stodgy formality get in the way.
The Shul is the sort of place where everyone knows everyone else and where people linger over Saturday morning Kiddush to talk. We generally have one Friday night dinner a month. We’re not a Bar Mitzvah mill, so when we do have a bar/bat mitzvah (generally a few times a year), it’s a particularly special community event.
Come and join us. You will find many paths of access to Jewish life.