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Congregation Sha’aray Shalom turns 60 this year!!

Join us for  our year-long celebration – Concerts, Learning, Special Services, Dinners and so much more…!

Synagogue Serving South Shore Jewish Community Marks 60th Anniversary with New Fall Events Open to Public

For six decades, Jewish families up and down the South Shore, hailing from 30 towns along the coast from Boston to Plymouth, have called it their religious and social home.

Now celebrating its 60th anniversary on Main Street in Hingham, and led by Rabbi Shira Joseph and Cantor Steven Weiss, Congregation Sha’aray Shalom this week announced a long list of celebratory programming marking the occasion.

“We have a tradition of an open door which welcomes every family member — Jews by birth, Jews by choice, and non-Jewish family members — and strives to integrate them into our community. As we open our doors to the community in this, our 60th year, our strength draws on our commitment to honor and respect the diversity of our backgrounds,” said Rabbi Shira Joseph, the spiritual leader of the temple since 2003.

Affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism, Congregation Sha’aray Shalom is also home to a vibrant, 110-student religious school helping to serve its 285 family members.

During its 60 years, the synagogue has welcomed all faiths and clergy for special joint services and celebrations as well as vigils during moments of national tragedy.

As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, the congregation has scheduled a range of events, including:

  • Author and speaker Cantor Barbara Ostfeld, the first, ordained woman cantor in Jewish history. Ordained in 1975, Cantor Ostfeld will talk about her new book, “Catbird: The Ballad of Barbi Prim,” a tale of an insightful 8-year-old girl meeting her challenges of life head-on. September 13th at 7:30 at the temple with pre-nosh prior at 6:30 pm.
  • A special concert fundraising event, featuring NPR Tiny Desk finalist artist, blues/folk singer Alisa Amador and the South Shore’s own 3 Saints and a Sinner band. September 14th at the historic Cohasset Lightkeeper’s House.
  • Guest Lecture – Rabbi Simcha Bob on his book “Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives.”  Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00 pm.
  • A “Celebration of Sukkot,” set for the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell on October 12th at 9:15 a.m. Free to the public.
  • Rolling with the Torah – A Simchat Torah Celebration.  Join us for dancing with the Winiker Band and a BBQ Lunch to follow.  Sunday, October 20 at 10:30 am.

For more information on these and other events not listed, please email or call Congregation Sha’aray Shalom.