Upcoming Religious Events


  • Shabbat Morning Service

    60 Highland Street: Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, Rooms 109, 110, 111
    Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 9:45am to 12:00pm

    Please join us for musical, participatory, weekly Shabbat Morning Services, beginning at 9:45am. We will be remembering CDT member Debbie Sher, on the occasion of her first yarzheit, and Zachary Carson, on the occasion of his seventh yarzheit.

    For people of all backgrounds and levels of Jewish experience. Services followed by a kiddush lunch. Free childcare is available. All are welcome.

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  • Selichot Program

    60 Highland Street: Room 111
    Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

    With Temple Hillel Bnai Torah & Congregation Shir Hadash

    We kick off the High Holydays season with Selichot, an opportunity to begin the process of teshuvah, turning/returning. The evening will feature a viewing of Encounter Point, a powerful film about the Bereaved Parents Circle, an organization of Israelis and Palestinians who have lost loved ones in the conflict and are committed to dialogue and reconciliation in the wake of their loss.  Through their example, we will explore possibilities for compassion and forgiveness in our own lives.  The program is for adults and teens, beginning with havdallah, dessert & schmoozing at 8:00pm,  and the Selichot program at 8:30pm.

  • Rosh Hashanah - Day 1

    Gann Academy
    Thursday, September 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  

  • Rosh Hashanah - Day 2

    Gann Academy
    Friday, September 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).

  • Shabbat Shuvah Chanting & Meditation Service

    60 Highland Street: Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, Rooms 109, 110, 111
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 9:45am to 12:00pm

    For the special Shabbat of “turning” that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we will have a contemplative service, incorporating singing and times of silence and guided meditation, as well as Torah study.  The service will be co-led by Rabbi Toba Spitzer and CDT member Linda Kramer, a long-time practitioner of mindfulness meditation.  Children are welcome, but please be advised that there will be 10- to 20-minute periods of silence.  In order to not disrupt the silence, we ask if possible that you arrive no later than 10am.  Torah study will begin at 11:15am.

  • Kol Nidre

    Gann Academy
    Friday, October 3, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

    It is traditional to dress entirely in white during Yom Kippur and to refrain from wearing leather, especially leather shoes. We invite you to join us in honoring one or both of these traditions.

    Kol Nidre, the ancient prayer of release from vows, is traditionally said before sunset. We will start the service promptly at 6:30pm; please plan to arrive a few minutes early. This is the one service of the entire year when a tallit (prayer shawl) is worn in the evening. Please feel free to bring your tallit if you own one.

    Childcare provided: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  • Yom Kippur

    Gann Academy
    Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 9:30am

    Our morning service includes Yizkor, a time for remembering loved ones who have died, following the reading of the Torah, at approximately noon. The Musaf service at 1:15pm includes the beautiful liturgy unique to the High Holydays. Children’s services start at 10:00am. Childcare begins at 10:00am, ends at 1:15pm and resumes at 5:15pm.

    Continue the day of reflection with a walk in the woods after services! At 3:30pm, Rabbi Toba Spitzer will lead text study, followed by Tai Chi and Chi Gong at 4:15pm. We are thrilled to have Peter Wayne, director of Tree of Life Tai Chi, joining us to lead this session.

    The afternoon Mincha service at 5:20pm, will feature creative study and discussion, followed by a special service of remembrance. The day closes at 6:30pm with Ne’ilah, the dramatic finale to the day, culminating with Havdallah and a communal shofar-blowing (bring your own shofar!). A light Break-Fast will be served following services at 7:15 pm.

    It is traditional to dress entirely in white during Yom Kippur and to refrain from wearing leather, especially leather shoes. We invite you to join us in honoring one or both of these traditions.


    Adult service: 9:30am - 2:15 pm
    Family and Youth Services: 10:00am - 11:00am

    Childcare provided: 10:00am - 1:15pm

    Afternoon program: 3:30pm - 6:30 pm
    Ne’ilah: 6:30pm

    Childcare resumes: 5:15pm - 7:15pm

    Havdallah, Break fast: 7:15pm

  • Erev Sukkot: Creating a Sukkat Shalom with Ali Abu Awwad

    60 Highland Street: Sanctuary
    Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

    As we welcome the Sukkot holiday and celebrate its promise of redemption, join special guest Ali Abu Awwad, a Palestinian peace activist featured in the film “Encounter Point,” as he shares his story and his current work for nonviolent reconciliation in response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Currently finishing his book, Painful Hope, Ali is today a leading Palestinian activist teaching his countrymen non-violent resistance and reaching out to Jewish Israelis at the heart of the conflict. Ali is a transformative speaker, don’t miss seeing him!

  • Sukkot Service

    60 Highland Street: Sanctuary
    Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 9:30am to 11:30am

    Sukkot is the “Festival of the Ingathering,” the Biblical harvest holiday where we celebrate the abundance in our lives while remembering the precariousness of our ancestors’ journey through the wilderness.

    Bring your lulav and etrog as we sing Hallel and celebrate the holiday!

    There is no childcare provided but kids are welcome at the service!