Welcome to Congregation Sha’aray Shalom
Congregation Sha’aray Shalom is a Jewish synagogue that serves as the lighthouse for Reform Judaism on Boston’s South Shore.
Our community consists of 282 families living in thirty towns along the south coast of Massachusetts Bay — from Boston to Plymouth. Our congregation’s home is on historic and beautiful Main Street in Hingham.
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. Our strength draws on our commitment to honor and respect the diversity of our backgrounds.
We are led by a dynamic clergy team of Rabbi Shira Joseph and Cantor Steven Weiss, offering weekly Shabbat services as well as a full calendar of festival celebrations, a full-program religious school with nearly 200 students, a JCC Early Learning Center, and active adult learning and social programs.
We are affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ).
Congregation Sha’aray Shalom is a Reform Jewish community on the South Shore of Boston that provides Beit T’Fillah (worship),Beit Midrash (study), and Beit Knesset (assembly), for the celebration and preservation of our Jewish heritage and our founders’ vision.
We offer traditional and innovative forms of worship, both communal and personally meaningful, to draw us spiritually closer to God, Torah, and each other, Am Yisrael (the Jewish people).
We promote lifelong learning and spiritual enrichment for all through abundant and varied opportunities for Jewish study.
Our diversity is our strength. We welcome congregants of all backgrounds and attributes. We encourage family members from other faith traditions to join our community and participate on a level that is consistent with Jewish values and comfortable for them.
We participate in Tikkun Olam (repairing our world) by responding to the varied needs of our own Jewish community, to K’lal Yisrael(the world-wide Jewish community), to Eretz Yisrael (the State of Israel), and to our greater civic community.
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.
Congregation Sha’aray Shalom
1112 Main Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Telephone: (781) 749-8103
Fax: (781) 740-1480
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Congregation Sha’aray Shalom Attention: Recording Secretary – Lillie Seeger, 1112 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043.
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