Welcome to Temple Shalom!

Are you looking for a place to worship?

A community to belong to?

A religious education for your family?

We invite you to take a look around and see if the Temple Shalom community is right for you!

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.

  • Board of Director's Meeting

    August 18, 2022  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    The Temple Shalom Board of Directors meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday (except when there is a conflict with a holiday).
    If you have anything to share with the Board of Directors, contact Temple President, Gisele Ellis, at president@templeshalommedford.org.
    Link to view the Board meeting minutes and agendas:   https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NBzR20A0LinsIYRqQevxv-JyZOK3Okpt?usp=sharing

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  • Shabbat Under the Stars

    August 19, 2022  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Join us for a picnic dinner at 6 pm, and then Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv services beginning around 7 pm. There will be a short shabbat sing-along (for kids under 8) from about 6:55pm - 7:10 pm. 

    Sometimes the meal is Bring Your Own, while other times it is provided by the synagogue and prepared by a synagogue volunteer. RSVPs, and a small fee, are required when the food is provided by the synagogue. Check the bulletin to find out which dates are BYO vs meal-provided. When the synagogue provides food, then, for kashrut reasons, participants are asked not to bring their own meals. 

    Casual attire is encouraged.

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  • Shabbat Morning Service

    August 20, 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

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  • Mah Jongg

    August 23, 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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  • Minyan

    August 24, 2022  7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Join our Hybrid Weekday Minyan on Zoom or outdoors in person weather-permitting.In person RSVP to minyan@templeshalommedford.org. Observe this traditional mitzvah for a moment of sacredness in your hectic week, or to help those in mourning or observing a yarhzeit.

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