“What I have found about Dorshei Tzedek is that I can be my separate, different Jewish self, and still be welcomed and accepted.”


Erev Shabbat Shira Service

Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 7:30pm

For this Shabbat of Song, come join Rabbi Toba and CDT musicians Nathan Aronow, Tal Shalom-Kobi, and Terry Traub for an evening of music and dance. We will sing our way through Kabbalat Shabbat and the evening service! All ages welcome, although please note that the service is oriented towards adults and older kids/teens.

No potluck. More » about Erev Shabbat Shira Service

Tubish'vat Seder

Tue, Feb 3, 2015, 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Tubish’vat , the “New Year of the Trees,” is an opportunity to celebrate our connection to the earth. Jewish mystics of the 16th century created the Tubish’vat seder, in which they would eat fruits of the land of Israel with blessings and intentions. Join Rabbi Toba and CDT members for our own version of the seder, during which we’ll explore our relationship to trees and the earth, the struggles of the workers who bring food to our table, and the possibility of healing our planet. More » about Tubish'vat Seder

All-Ages Erev Shabbat Service / Potluck

Fri, Feb 6, 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

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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The Power of the Powerless (Parshat Vayeshev, Genesis 37:1-40:23)

December 2014

One aspect of the Torah that has always intrigued me is the way in which its authors recognize the constraints of the society in which they live, and push against those constraints, even if they cannot imagine doing away with them altogether. Embedded within this week’s Torah portion, Vayeshev, is just such a story, plunked down in the midst of the larger narrative about Joseph and his brothers. More » about The Power of the Powerless (Parshat Vayeshev, Genesis 37:1-40:23)