“One of the things that I love about Congregation Dorshei Tzedek is that when I am feeling clumsy and uncertain, I know that I can look around and catch someone’s eye and see a smile that says, you’re okay. You’re welcome here.”


Tot Shabbat

Sat, Sep 6, 2014, 10:45am to 12:00pm

Tot Shabbat is a monthly Shabbat morning program, led by CDT members and educators Susan Moser and Alison Lobron, for children age 5 and under and their parents. Join us in celebrating Shabbat with songs, stories, crafts and other fun activities! More » about Tot Shabbat

It's Elul: How will you make the coming year the best ever? with Janette Hillis-Jaffe

Mon, Sep 8, 2014, 7:30pm to 9:00pm

This workshop will use text study, stories, and personal reflection to explore a key lesson from Shmita (the Biblical Sabbatical year starting this September): How to harness the quality of bitachon (trust) to deepen and enrich your relationships, work and personal health, and more completely fulfill your potential. To register, please email the CDT office at admindirector [at] dorsheitzedek [dot] org by Sept. More » about It's Elul: How will you make the coming year the best ever? with Janette Hillis-Jaffe

Reflections On My Trip to Israel, with Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Wed, Sep 10, 2014, 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Rabbi Toba will share pictures and reflections from her recent visit to Israel and the West Bank with the first Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association study tour.  The trip included meetings with a wide variety of thinkers and activists from both Israeli and Palestinian society, as well as a personal visit to Sindynanna, the Jewish-Arab cooperative with which CDT has had a relationship (and gotten delicious olive oil) for the past five years.  The evening will be an opportunity for exploration and discussion.  All thoughts and questions welcome! More » about Reflections On My Trip to Israel, with Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Who We Are

Dorshei Tzedek is a dynamic and growing Reconstructionist congregation in West Newton, Massachusetts. We are dedicated to Jewish learning and to ethical Jewish living in the modern world. Our Reconstructionist educational program is committed to making Judaism relevant and meaningful for children as well as adults.

Our Rabbi, Toba Spitzer, has been named one of the “Top 50 Rabbis in America.”  You can read and listen to her talks here.

Our community includes people from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds, as well as interfaith families and people with little or no previous Jewish learning or experience. We embrace one another’s unique points of view. Our membership includes families, couples, and singles of all ages, Jews by birth and Jews by choice (or still choosing). We value and include everyone regardless of age, marital status, income level, or sexual orientation. More » about Who We Are

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By The Power Vested in Me By The Commonwealth of Massachusetts! : 10 Years of Marriage Equality in MA

May 2014

From the Keshet blog on MyJewishLearning.com, which begins with this introduction: As we celebrate the ten year anniversary of legal same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, we’ve invited members of the community to share their reflections. Today’s post comes from Rabbi Toba Spitzer of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, a Reconstructionist rabbi who performed same-sex religious weddings before the verdict—but was finally able to legally marry Massachusetts same-sex couples 10 years ago.

I performed a number of weddings while still a rabbinical student, in the mid-1990s, as my friends began to make lifetime commitments and, being unaffiliated, turned to me—clergy in training!—to help them with their ceremonies. It was somewhat ironic that so many of my (straight) friends and acquaintances turned to me for this particular lifecycle event, as I had never been a huge fan of marriage. That may have been due to my own inklings as a kid that heterosexual white-wedding fantasies were not for me, or due to many years of being single and having to sit through other people’s weddings, or to my feminist and lesbian questioning of an institution that had historically been far from progressive. More » about By The Power Vested in Me By The Commonwealth of Massachusetts! : 10 Years of Marriage Equality in MA

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What is a Jewish View of Islam?

May 2014

(From Ask a Rabbi on jewishboston.com)

Like anything else in Judaism, there is not any one official view. Historically speaking, Jewish communities generally thrived in Muslim societies, beginning with Babylonia in the seventh through ninth centuries, in Moorish Spain in the eighth through 14th centuries, and in the Ottoman Empire from the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 and well into the 19th century. That doesn’t mean that these eras of co-existence were not marred by periodic intolerance and even violence, but overall it is safe to say that Jewish experiences in predominantly Muslim countries in the medieval period were a world apart from the overt anti-Semitism and persecution that Jews often faced in many parts of Christian Europe. Muslim culture over the centuries has influenced Jewish culture, from philosophy to poetry to cuisine. More » about What is a Jewish View of Islam?