A wonderful spirit is alive at The Boston Synagogue (formally known as the Charles River Park Synagogue). We are a warm, small, neighborhood shul. The Synagogue is located down the street from the TD Garden and near Mass General Hospital, a quick walk from T stations on the Red, Green, and Orange lines. Click here for directions.

Our 1971 building is a modern architectural masterpiece that won two design awards. Here is how Robert Campbell described the Shul in a 1996 Pulitzer Prize-winning essay: “an architectural gem where a mysterious golden light falls into the interior as if coming directly from God.” (Boston Courant article) But we’ve also kept up with the times, and are one of the greenest houses of worship in Boston.

Friends, neighbors, and members come largely from Charles River Park, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the North End, the South End, the Waterfront, Charlestown and adjacent Cambridge. There are even some who come from the North and South Shore.

A Vibrant, Participatory Community

The Boston Synagogue is the only shul located in the heart of downtown with 52-week Shabbat and Holiday Services. We strive to serve the needs of the diverse community of Jews in downtown Boston, whether through joyful participatory worship, Friday Night Dinners, Saturday morning Kiddush, or Holiday Celebrations, as well as with a slew of Cultural Events and other communal activities. Connect with an open and inclusive Community of friends and neighbors, including interfaith and LGBT.

Pluralistic and Engaged

We are unaffiliated — and the synagogue is post-denominational egalitarian, where both women and men actively participate in services. The Synagogue is an informal and unpretentious place where people across Jewish denominations can make their own spiritual connections.

The Boston Synagogue is a lay-led congregation. Our professional staff is headed by our Rabbi-in-Residence, Rabbi Daniel Klein, who is with us several times a month and is available for Lifecycle Events. In addition, we have a Rabbinic Intern from Hebrew College who leads services several Shabbats a month, and is also involved with our YP Community.

We also have a cadre of other Spiritual Leaders from Liberal, Conservative and Post-Denominational backgrounds who are periodically with us. Together with lay-leadership we are finding ways to make prayer and the services more meaningful and participatory.

Meaningful Jewish Learning

The Shul offers dynamic learning experiences for everyone. There are programs for Families with toddlers, a growing Hebrew School community, and we can facilitate bar/bat mitzvah preparation and can assist with your upcoming simcha! We also offer a growing number of Adult Education and cultural opportunities.

Come explore gateways into Jewish life, learning, and community.

“The purpose of this congregation shall be the maintenance of a place of worship and for other related matters such as educational, cultural and social activities, all of which are designed to serve the diverse and ever changing needs of the community of Jews in Downtown Boston while maintaining Jewish traditions, practices and customs.”
— from the bylaws of The Boston Synagogue. Written by Rashi Fein, z”l

Our Friends in the Boston Community

  • West End Community Center
  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston
  • Keshet
  • Israel Book Shop
  • The Butcherie
  • Catering by Andrew
  • Hebrew College