The Difference -- Shabbat & Holiday Services 52 weeks per year:

  • Unlike other places that are open only for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and/or one Friday night a month during the academic year — we are open on Friday nights & Saturday mornings year-round, & for the other holidays!

We are the only synagogue located in the heart of Boston with Shabbat & holiday services 52 weeks per year, including the High Holidays, Sukkot, Passover & other holidays.

We don’t like sermons -- but love interactive discussions

  • We de-emphasize prayers that are ‘mumbled’ in favor of singing
  • We find that long sermons by the rabbi tend to engender visible signs of non-attention with a subtext of ‘when will this be over?’
  • Accordingly, boring sermons have been replaced with lively interactive discussions of an interesting topic, based on the weekly Torah portion. Typically, we have to cut the discussion short to finish on time

We are a warm, small, neighborhood shul, & we are finding ways to make prayer & services more meaningful & participatory. No boring sermons! We have engaging, interactive discussions about the weekly or holiday Torah portion (excluding High Holidays).

The Difference -- We are non-denominational & egalitarian

  • Women can lead services & count in a minyan
  • We are open to experimenting with different types of services

We are unaffiliated. The synagogue is post-denominational egalitarian, where both women & men are active participants in the service. The Shul offers an environment where people across Jewish denominations can make their own spiritual connections.

Judaism at the Boston Synagogue