High Holidays 5783/2022 at Temple Shalom

The High Holidays are a time for reflection, prayer, wishing friends a Shana Tova, and the start to a brand new year filled with possibilities. Whether you are a regular service davener, a person who comes twice a year, or someone who has not been to services in several years, we look forward to welcoming you to the start of a Shana Tovah Um’tukah; a happy and healthy New Year.

In addition to our main services we have several other programs: Learning opportunities, children’s services and programs, a Sukkot dinner, and a Simchat Torah celebration for all ages. You can find out the times for all these events below or you can download a PDF with all the information.

Our services are available to all. While we do not have a set price for our tickets, we do ask that you request tickets. This is important for both planning and security purposes. One ticket is good for all High Holiday services, including our youth services, and meals and we do not have assigned seating.

Ticket Request Form: Click here to request tickets

For a full listing of all service and event times for the High Holidays and Sukkot you can download a PDF by clicking the download button. More details for some events can also be found towards the bottom of this page.

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A Conservative Community:

Temple Shalom is an egalitarian Conservative community that embraces the richness of Jewish tradition and thrives on the diversity of members’ backgrounds, family structure, and ideas.

Our members’ lives are enriched through participation in our vibrant and warm Jewish kehilla (congregation) where passion for praying, playing, learning, and tikkun olam (social action) are fulfilled together. We’re a community: we support one another as we all strive to live our value

Come be a part of a Jewish community that feels like family, and shares the joys of each other’s life events.

From Rabbi Jessica Dell’Era (she/they):
Shalom and b’ruchim haba’im! It is my pleasure to welcome you to Temple Shalom of Medford, a friendly and inclusive Jewish community. We are an intergenerational and egalitarian synagogue affiliated with USCJ, and we love to embody the Jewish value of sayver panim yafot, greeting everyone with a pleasant face! Whether you are new in town or have driven by for years, whether you were born Jewish or not, we will be happy to meet you. Stop on by for a Shabbat service and kiddush lunch, or explore our children’s programming, social events, and learnings. All are welcome here: from seniors and empty-nesters to young adults, couples, and families; Jews of color, LGBTQ+ folks, converts and those curious to know more about Jewish thought and practice. I welcome any and all questions. Feel free to get in touch with me at rabbidellera@templeshalommedford.org or 781-396-3262 extension 2. I look forward to seeing you here at Temple Shalom!

Covid-19 Policies: Temple Shalom has been guided by the Jewish concept of pikuah nefesh (preservation of life), as well as the best advice of doctors, public health experts, and peer institutions, as we strive to support our community and gather safely during the pandemic. Most adult services meet in person and on Zoom. Youth services meet in person only. Other programs are in person unless stated otherwise. Some events may require pre-registration.

As of Spring 2022, Friday night oneg snacks, and Saturday kiddush lunches are served most shabbatot. During the summer months, outdoor seating in tents is available for those more comfortable eating outside.

Masks are optional at all Temple Shalom events and services. The mask policy for the Temple Shalom Hebrew School will be updated in the fall, before classes begin.

We do ask those who have tested positive for Covid-19, or those experiencing certain symptoms, to delay their in-person visits to Temple Shalom. Please adhere to these GUIDELINES regarding when it is safe to join us.

What’s happening:

Below, you’ll find a schedule of this week’s upcoming events.

  • Yom Kippur

    October 5, 2022  9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Babysitting will be available for children 7 and under in the activity room of the nursery school from 10am to 1pm.
    Junior Congregation will begin at 10am in the Chapel.

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  • Mincha & Neilah services

    October 5, 2022  4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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  • Havdalah & Break Fast

    October 5, 2022  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Bring your Shofar to join in the final Shofar blast!
    Break Fast immediately following at the back of the auditorium. All are welcome.

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  • Kabbalat Shabbat

    October 7, 2022  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Join your Temple Shalom community for Kabbalat Shabbat to celebrate the start of Shabbat.

    "The seventh day is like a palace in time with a kingdom for all." 
         -Abraham Joshua Heschel,  The Sabbath

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  • Shabbat Morning Service

    October 8, 2022  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Join with your fellow congregants in celebration of Shabbat.  Hear the reading of the Torah and recite the prayers and blessings of our people.

    “What is the Sabbath? Spirit in the form of time. With our bodies we belong to space; our spirit, our souls, soar to eternity, aspire to the holy. The Sabbath is an ascent to the summit.” 
               –Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath


    Kiddush this week sponsored by the Rabinowitz family in honor of Maya's 11th birthday.

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  • Youth Services

    October 8, 2022  10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Once a month, Temple Shalom offers special services for our young people.

    Junior Congregation    Ages 8+ 
    An opportunity for the kids to run the service, take out a special Torah, recite the blessings, learn the melodies, and act out the weekly parsha.

    Shabbat Yeladim   Ages 6 to 8
     A fun introduction to Shabbat morning services for children who are too mature for Tot Shabbat but not yet ready for Jr Congregation. We use our own special Siddur and Torah.  Through prayers, stories and songs, we encourage all of the kids to get involved. 

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  • Tot Shabbat

    October 8, 2022  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Tot Shabbat  for ages 0-6
    Introduce your child to the joy of Shabbat in a relaxed, fun atmosphere with kid-friendly prayer, songs, puppets, stories and a special Shabbat craft. 

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  • Religious School

    October 9, 2022  9:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Religious School for all classes.
    Bring your students for class and stick around yourself to meet and schmooze with other school parents and temple members, volunteer in the school or in the Temple, or participate in Sunday Morning Minyan or in an adult class.  There is a lot to choose from and it's an excellent way to strengthen our Temple Shalom Community.

    Contact Judy Rabinowitz to volunteer in the Religious School.

    See the TSM Bulletin for information and rsvp details on social activities and Sunday Minyan!

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  • Sukkah Building

    October 9, 2022  11:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Help build and decorate the Temple Sukkah! We will be putting up the skach and creating decorations for the Sukkah. Kids & Adults are encouraged to come help. There's a job for everyone! Light lunch will be served.
    11am Building the Sukkah
    11:30am Decorating

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  • Erev Sukkot Service

    October 9, 2022  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    candle lighting 5:45pm
    Erev Yom Tov services

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  • Sukkot Service

    October 10, 2022  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Morning Services followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah (weather permitting)

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  • Erev Sukkot Day 2 Service

    October 10, 2022  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    candle lighting 6:52pm
    Erev Yom Tov services

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  • Sukkot Day 2 Service

    October 11, 2022  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Morning services followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah (weather permitting)

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  • Mah Jongg

    October 11, 2022  7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Tuesday night Mah Jongg: sometimes in-person, sometimes in cyberspace. (We play together on MyJongg.net and chat via Zoom). Contact Marcia Delatizky with any questions and for the Zoom link.
    All are welcome whether you've never played before, you need a refresher or compete regularly in tournaments! We will happily guide you through the game as needed. No betting, no pressure! We play a friendly game and you will have fun!

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