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Got Shabbat? (Including Tot Shabbat)

Sat, Oct 25, 2014, 9:45am to 12:00pm

Join us for this new program, for all ages and all types of interest, on five different Shabbat mornings. “Got Shabbat?” is an opportunity for the whole community to come together and have fun, learn together and find new ways to celebrate Shabbat. Beginning together with songs and blessings, adults and kids are then invited to choose from a panoply of activities - from yoga to drumming to art midrash to discussion to good old Shabbat morning services - until we gather again to read a little Torah and close the service together. Come find out if you’ve “Got Shabbat”! More » about Got Shabbat? (Including Tot Shabbat)

Fire, Stone, Cloud: God in Metaphor, with Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Wed, Oct 29, 2014, 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday evenings: Oct 29; Nov 5, 12, & 19; Dec 3

This class is part of a continuing exploration of different ways that we can conceptualize and experience the sacred.  Do traditional God concepts turn you off? Confuse you?  Make you want to learn more?  Grounded in new thinking about how fundamental metaphor is to human thought, the class will explore ancient metaphors for the Divine in order to “reconstruct” them for our lives today.  Whether you took Rabbi Toba’s first “God in Metaphor” class or are new to the topic, all are welcome!  No particular belief or lack thereof required. More » about Fire, Stone, Cloud: God in Metaphor, with Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Fire, Stone, Cloud: God in Metaphor, with Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Wed, Nov 5, 2014, 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday evenings: Oct 29; Nov 5, 12, & 19; Dec 3

This class is part of a continuing exploration of different ways that we can conceptualize and experience the sacred.  Do traditional God concepts turn you off? Confuse you?  Make you want to learn more?  Grounded in new thinking about how fundamental metaphor is to human thought, the class will explore ancient metaphors for the Divine in order to “reconstruct” them for our lives today.  Whether you took Rabbi Toba’s first “God in Metaphor” class or are new to the topic, all are welcome!  No particular belief or lack thereof required. More » about Fire, Stone, Cloud: God in Metaphor, 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?