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All-Ages Erev Shabbat Service / Potluck

Fri, Jun 5, 2015, 6:00pm

6 pm - Candle lighting and dinner;
6:45 pm - Service

Once a month, we gather for a potluck vegetarian dinner followed by a musical, all-ages erev Shabbat service. Join us for this fun, musical erev Shabbat experience appropriate for adults and kids of all ages (especially kids in pre-school through 4th grade).

Please bring a vegetarian/dairy main dish to share - enough for 15 people. More » about All-Ages Erev Shabbat Service / Potluck

Painful Hope

Sun, Jun 14, 2015, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

with Ali Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger

How do we move beyond the cycle of violence that engulfs Israelis and Palestinians? The Roots project is a new effort, based in the Gush Etzion area of the West Bank, to bring together Israelis and Palestinians who, despite living next to each other, are separated by walls of fear - not just fear of each other, but even of the price of peace. We are honored and excited to welcome to Boston two of the leaders of Roots, Ali Abu Awwad (a long time Palestinian peace activist) and Hanan Schlesinger (an Orthodox rabbi who lives in a West Bank settlement), who will present their gut-wrenching personal narratives that brought them to discover the humanity and the legitimacy of the ‘other’, and will discuss how they are working to move their communities past suspicion, fear, and violence, and towards a positive solution of the conflict. They come with no ready peace plans in hand, but only with the conviction that human understanding and trust will be the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom and peace on that tiny sliver of land that they both call home. More » about Painful Hope

Who We Are

Dorshei Tzedek is a dynamic and growing Reconstructionist congregation in West Newton, Massachusetts, with over 200 member households. 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