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Erev Rosh Hashanah

Wed, Sep 24, 2014, 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Please join us, as we welcome the New Year with a musical evening service appropriate for adults as well as older children. Childcare is not available for this service. More » about Erev Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah - Day 1

Thu, Sep 25, 2014, 9:30am to 1:00pm

Please join us for this musical morning service! During the Torah reading, we will celebrate the new life in our community. If a child has come into your family this past year, please join us for a special aliyah!

Children’s services at 10:00am; adults and kids come together at 12:45pm for the blowing of the shofar. Childcare available.

Adult Service: 9:30am - 1:00pm

Family and Youth Services 10:00am - 11:00am

Tashlikh: 4:30pm, at Newton City Hall Pond and the Beach at Jamaica Pond   More » about Rosh Hashanah - Day 1

Rosh Hashanah - Day 2

Fri, Sep 26, 2014, 10:00am to 12:30pm

Please join us for the second day of Rosh Hashanah, for a less traditional service, including an interesting Torah discussion in place of the Torah reading and an alternative (and abbreviated) Musaf service. No children’s services but CHILDCARE is provided (10:00am - 12:30pm). More » about Rosh Hashanah - Day 2

Join us for the High Holydays

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek opens its doors to the wider community for all of our High Holyday services. We are proud to to be able to offer a full and inspiring array of services for our members and the community at large during these days of awe. Our 5775/2014 High Holydays registration packet for non-members is now available. More » about Join us for the High Holydays

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?