Welcome to The Shalom Collaborative
Sharing Inclusive Paths of Jewish Spiritual Exploration, Learning and Service
We are a welcoming spiritual community that embraces the progressive values of the Classical Reform Jewish tradition. Our worship, conducted primarily in English, is inclusive and accessible. We offer a warm, unconditional welcome to all who seek to join us in worship, study, and service, without regard to religious background or beliefs. One need not be born Jewish, be able to read Hebrew, or convert to Judaism to be a full, participating member. Interfaith families and people of all faiths, including the unaffiliated, are fully embraced. Members of the LGBTQ community are a vibrant part of our community.
This ancient Roman mosaic, from the collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, dramatically symbolizes our core values –
the diverse but cohesive community we hope to create, composed of individuals each of whom
is an indispensable part of our total picture! Photo Credit: James Robinson.
The Shalom Collaborative is pleased to announce that Rabbi Andrew Sklarz will join us effective July 1, 2023 as our Rabbinic Advisor. Rabbi Sklarz grew up worshipping in the Classical Reform tradition and is excited to return to his roots. In addition to being a rabbi, he has a master’s in social work and serves as a therapist/pastoral counselor. Rabbi Sklarz and his wife, Susan, have two children and reside in New York. Rabbi Howard Berman will remain part of TSC as our Rabbinic Advisor Emeritus. It is thrilling to know that Rabbi Sklarz and Rabbi Berman have quickly established a wonderful collaborative relationship that embraces the core tenets of the Jewish faith. To learn more about Rabbi Sklarz, check out his website https://www.andrewsklarzmsw.com/.
HIGH HOLY DAYS
The Shalom Collaborative family looks forward with great anticipation to our third New Year celebration together! All Services will be blended- offered both in-person and on Zoom. Our members are welcome to join us at our live services to be held in the Fenway section of Boston.
Guests are welcome and encouraged to join us via zoom. We also have allocated a number of seats for guests to attend in person. For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROSH HASHANAH-THE NEW YEAR
Friday, September 15 – 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 16 – 10:00 AM
YOM KIPPUR- THE DAY OF ATONEMENT
Sunday, September 24 – KOL NIDRE – 7:30 PM
Monday, September 25 – 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM
Rabbi Andrew Sklarz and our members will lead our worship and deliver the Sermons. TSC Members will offer personal reflections at the Morning Services. Our inspiring and beautiful music will be performed by Ian Pomerantz and Andrew Sheranian.
We gather, as old friends and new, for prayer and celebration in a variety of formats and schedules. We are not a formal congregation, but rather a virtual spiritual community “without walls”. We will offer a variety of special programs and experiences open to all interested people, of various spiritual paths and practice. Our worship, whether Shabbat and holiday Services, always includes the sharing of the accessible, inclusive liturgy and music of the Reform Jewish tradition. Additionally, we join in the online worship offerings of Jewish congregations from around the world who share our progressive values. More informal gatherings for less structured spiritual exploration and celebration are also available in a variety of settings.
On Wednesday, July 12th, TSC celebrated Rabbi Howard Berman as he retires and becomes our Rabbi Emeritus. We thank Rabbi Berman for all of his contributions to establish The Shalom Collaborative.
We seek to deepen and expand our personal horizons through a variety of educational experiences including regular opportunities for Torah study.
The eternal Jewish commitment to Tikkun Olam, engaging in the work of justice and peace in the world, and service to our respective local communities, is one of our defining core values.
Our worship, whether Shabbat and holiday Services, always includes the sharing of the accessible, inclusive liturgy and music of the Reform Jewish tradition.
News & Announcements
The Shalom Collaborative welcomed Rabbi Andrew Sklarz with an event hosted by members Marilyn Levitt and Andrew Friedland. Rabbi Sklarz conducted our beloved Havdalah Service followed by a potluck dinner.
“A Guide for the Perplexed” by Dara Horn.
Discussion date September 13th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm