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.
Welcome to the beginning of our online newsletter, The Scroll. Originally, the congregation published a monthly newsletter and mailed a hard copy to each congregant or congregant-family. We eventually replaced this paper monthly bulletin with weekly e-mails, as postage and printing costs increased and the costs of e-mail decreased.
Some of you have asked for the monthly bulletin to return. You recognize that e-mails are fast, flexible, cheap, and convenient. They allow the temple to address current topics quickly, as we did in reaction to Charlottesville, for example. But you also note that e-mails are hard to sort through and clutter your inbox. And you have also noted that while our e-mails convey what’s happening on the calendar, they often lack the content that our monthly bulletin conveyed: thoughts from the clergy and the president, introductions to b’nai mitzvah students and new congregants, and the like.
We have listened and responded. In addition to our weekly e-mails about upcoming events, we are reintroducing longer articles (such as this message) on this new online newsletter, The Scroll, essentially a congregational blog. At the same time, we are upgrading our website to make its information more current and accessible. And for those of you who want hard copies, we will collect these articles and other information into a printed newsletter which we will mail to you quarterly. In recognition of higher printing and mailing costs, however, this quarterly printed newsletter will be subscription-only and require a modest reimbursement.
We hope that this multi-pronged approach meets our congregants’ varied needs. We will be setting up an Aceptiva page for subscriptions to the printed newsletter. To contribute or comment about our communications, or, even better, help the Communications Committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to all that the coming year brings and to spending more time with you. If you ever need to talk with me about anything, please e-mail me at email@example.com.
Congregation Sha’aray Shalom
1112 Main Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Telephone: (781) 749-8103
Fax: (781) 740-1480
You can donate online here or mail your donation to:
Congregation Sha’aray Shalom Attention: Recording Secretary – Lillie Seeger, 1112 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043.
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