Upcoming Religious Events


  • Rosh Hashanah - Day 1 (5778)

    Gann Academy, 333 Forest St. Waltham, MA
    Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

    Please join us for reflection, singing, Torah and more! 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 and family services start at 10:00am; adults and kids come together at 12:45pm for the blowing of the shofar. Childcare available following children’s services.

    Adult Service: 9:30am - 1:00pm

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

    Tashlikh: On Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to symbolically release our transgressions and to cast off that which holds us back from doing complete teshuvah. There are three tashlikh opportunities: 4:30pm at Newton City Hall Pond with Rabbi Toba Spitzer, 4:30pm in Watertown Square with Rabbi Shahar Colt, and a congregant-led gathering at 4:30pm at the beach at Jamaica Pond. Please bring small beans (no bread, please) to cast into the water. All ages are encouraged to come!


  • Rosh Hashanah - Day 2 (5778)

    Gann Academy 333, Forest St. Waltham, MA
    Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

    It is our custom at Dorshei Tzedek to have a somewhat less traditional service on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, including a Torah discussion in place of the Torah reading and an alternative (and abbreviated) Musaf service. No children’s services but CHILDCARE will be available.


  • Shabbat Shuvah Chanting & Meditation Service

    60 Highland Street: Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, Rooms 109, 110, 111
    Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:45am to 12:00pm
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:15am to 1:00pm

    On this special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we will have a contemplative service, featuring singing, meditation and Torah study, at our regular location at 60 Highland Street, West Newton (not at the Gann Academy location). As always during Shabbat morning services, childcare will be available.


  • Turn & Return: Seasons of Teshuvah

    JCDS, 57 Stanley Avenue, Watertown
    Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:20am to 11:30am

    With Rabbis Toba Spitzer and Shahar Colt

    All are invited to learn with Rabbi Toba or Rabbi Shahar on this Sunday in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as we explore themes of “return” and the work of the Aseret Yamei Teshuvah, the “Ten Days of Turning/Repentance.” How can we make Yom Kippur a meaningful experience? What exactly are we “turning” or “returning” to? Non-members welcome!


  • Kol Nidre/Erev Yom Kippur

    Gann Academy 333 Forest Street Waltham, MA
    Friday, September 29, 2017 - 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 available.


  • Yom Kippur: The Day of Repentance

    Gann Academy 333 Forest Street Waltham, MA
    Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:30am to 7:00pm

    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.

    Yom Kippur Morning Service – Saturday, September 30, 9:30am - 2:15pm

    The 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, and childcare ends after Shacharit, at 1:15pm.

    Make Your Fast Easier – Don’t Go Home!

    You can spend the day with us in reflection, learning, and enjoying the outdoors.

    Break & Nature Walk: 2:15-3:30 pm

    Gann Academy is very near Waltham/Belmont conservation land, with walking and bike trails.  Enjoy a walk around this beautiful neighborhood.

    Text Study with Rabbi Shahar Colt: 3:30pm

    At 3:30pm, Director of Congregational Learning Rabbi Shahar Colt will facilitate a reflective text study. 

    Qigong with Peter Wayne: 4:20pm

    Qigong (Chi Kung) is an ancient Chinese practice that employs slow intentional movements, coordinated with breathing and imagery, to strengthen and relax the physical body and mind. Come join Peter Wayne of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center, for this wonderful opportunity to rest your mind and energize your body in the waning hours of Yom Kippur.  No previous experience is necessary!  

    Mincha: 5:00pm

    The Mincha program will begin at 5:00pm.  Childcare resumes at 5:00pm.

    “Eleh Ezkereh” Remembrance: 5:45pm

    Our afternoon memorial service, Eleh Ezkereh, begins at 5:45pm, during which time we will be remembering Mara Gibbs z”l.

    Ne’ilah: 6:30pm

    Ne’ilah, the dramatic finale to the day, begins at 6:30, culminating with Havdallah and a communal shofar-blowing (bring your own shofar!).

    Havdallah & Break-fast: 7:15pm

    A light Break-Fast will be served following services at 7:15pm.


  • Sukkot Morning Service

    60 Highland Street: Sanctuary
    Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 9:15am to 11:45am

    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!

  • Got Shabbat? (Including Tot Shabbat) - Sukkot Themed

    60 Highland St: Sanctuary, FH, kitchen, library, LR, Rms 109-111, Rm 212
    Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:45am to 12:00pm
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

    Join us for “Got Shabbat?”, 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, until we gather again to read a little Torah and close the service together. Come find out if you’ve “Got Shabbat”! A kiddush lunch will follow.


  • Sukkot Festival on the Farm! with Ganei Beantown

    Powisset Farm, 39 Powisset St. Dover, MA
    Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

    Join CDT and Ganei Beantown at Powisset Farm for a Sukkot Harvest Festival! We’ll start all together to frame the day and then have activity stations. Past activity stations have included:

    • building a sukkah
    • a book nook
    • apple-cider press
    • making sauerkraut
    • harvesting herbs for tea
    • Sukkah decoration/craft corner
    • harvesting schach and potatoes
    • Torah learning

     We’ll the end the day with (BYO) picnic lunches!  Please dress in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.  Please bring a water bottle & picnic lunch.

  • Simchat Torah Celebration

    60 Highland Street West Newton: Sanctuary
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:45pm to 9:15pm

    We close the week of Sukkot festivities with this celebration of the Torah! All ages are welcome as we mark the end of the year cycle of reading Torah and begin anew with Torah Quiz, dancing with the Torah scrolls, and unrolling the scroll to read the very end and the very beginning! Join Rabbi Toba and CDT musicians for this musical, fun evening.