“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, Dec 20, 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

Chanukah Party

Sun, Dec 21, 2014, 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Come celebrate the Festival of Lights! On our new model of “Got Shabbat,” there will be activities for all ages, adults and kids both together and separate! We will begin together with candle-lighting and Chanukah songs at 4:30pm – bring your own menorah and 7 candles for lighting! Then at 5pm we will have workshops including:

*Story, songs and crafts for little ones (kids age 0-5 and parents)

*Chanukah Karaoke (led by teens for kids in grade 5 and up) More » about Chanukah Party

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)