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. Most adult services meet in person and on Zoom. Youth services meet in person only. Other programs are in person unless stated otherwise. Masks are optional at all Temple Shalom events and services. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and join us via zoom and/or in person when you are feeling better. If you have tested positive for covid-19, or have recent exposure to a known covid-19 positive individual, please follow CDC guidelines.

What’s happening:

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

  • Adult Ed Book Club

    May 27, 2024  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    The Spring 2024 Adult Ed Book Club is reading: 
    Jewish Priorities: Sixty-Five Proposals for the Future of Our People 
    edited by David Hazony

    “Imagine having the entire Jewish people over for dinner—and hosting a raucous, creative, riveting debate about their collective future. Jewish Priorities offers, for the first time, a wide-ranging, ambitious, and genuinely “pan-Jewish” conversation.
    Encompassing more than sixty top authors from around the Jewish world—Israelis and Diaspora writers; younger influencers and veteran opinion leaders; rabbinic and communal leaders, journalists and scholars, and literary and cultural figures, ranging from secular to ultra-Orthodox—each contributor offers a different priority for the Jewish people. In the process, Jewish Priorities captures the tremendous breadth, depth, and passionate commitment that has long defined this unique community in history."  (description for Amazon)

    The book club will meet in person at the synagogue on Mondays from 7:30-8:30 on the following schedule (with a big break in the middle for holidays):
    April 1, 8, 15      May 13, 20, 27

    Please RSVP to Deb Varat to be added to the email list

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  • Mah Jongg

    May 28, 2024  7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    All are welcome whether you've never played before, you need a refresher or play regularly. We will happily guide you through the game as needed. No betting, no pressure! We play a friendly game and you will have fun!
    Contact Lin Bell to be added to the notification list.

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  • Minyan

    May 29, 2024  7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Be a Minyanaire! Help those in mourning or observing a yahrzeit. Spend time with your TSM community.  Take a 30 minute vacation from the stress of your day and your week.  
    Attend Minyan in person or online at the usual TSM Zoom link.  Those who attend in person will decide whether to meet inside or out.  For more information or to be added to the weekly minyan mailing list, contact minyan@templeshalommedford.org or Henry Goldberg directly.

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  • Israel Conversation

    May 29, 2024  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Temple Shalom (in-person only)

    Many of us have felt hesitant to talk about the conflict and how it’s affecting us, unsure how our views and feelings would be met by others in our diverse community.  Now, 6 months out, we’ve heard an increasing desire to find ways to talk to each other about this from our respective experiences, as Temple Shalom is our shared Jewish home.

    We will hold two sessions, both at Temple Shalom.  You are welcome to attend whichever is more convenient for you. 

    Wednesday 5/29 at 7:30 pm

    Sunday 6/2 at 4:00 pm

    If, after reading the description below, you would like to participate, please RSVP by Monday May 20th. https://temple-shalom-medford.shulcloud.com/form/gaza-israel-discussion

    Purpose:  Reaffirm trust within the community that we can continue to respect each other across differences of experience and opinion.  This structured, in-person, opportunity to talk and listen is intended for adults (18+ only) to 

    • help us reflect on, and share, the impact that the events of October 7th, and all that has transpired since, have had on each of us.  

    • help us all to see and hear each other in all the complexity of experience within the Temple Shalom community, and 

    • help us understand and care for one another across the different types of pain and concern people are feeling.

    Structure:  A facilitator will lead the “conversation” using agreed-upon guidelines and reflective questions that allow people to listen closely to one another’s experience, without interruption, challenge, or debate.  The prompts will focus on personal experience, internal complexity, and our shared need to be seen and understood with compassion.  

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  • Kabbalat Shabbat

    May 31, 2024  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


    **Sponsor a Kiddush or an Oneg!  Send a message to events@templeshalommedford.org to request a date.  See bulletin for price details.  Sponsoring a kiddush or an oneg is a great way to mark a special occasion and to support Temple Shalom.

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  • Shabbat Morning Service

    June 1, 2024  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    “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


    **Sponsor a Kiddush or an Oneg!  Send a message to events@templeshalommedford.org to request a date.  See bulletin for price details.  Sponsoring a kiddush or an oneg is a great way to mark a special occasion and to support Temple Shalom.

    See more details

  • Chess Club

    June 1, 2024  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Just what it says on the box. Play chess after Kiddush, on the first Shabbat morning of the month. New players will be shown how to play, experienced players can enjoy a friendly game with friends.  And I'm told there are prizes?!

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  • USY Birthday Party

    June 2, 2024  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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  • Israel Conversation

    June 2, 2024  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Temple Shalom (in-person only)

    Many of us have felt hesitant to talk about the conflict and how it’s affecting us, unsure how our views and feelings would be met by others in our diverse community.  Now, 6 months out, we’ve heard an increasing desire to find ways to talk to each other about this from our respective experiences, as Temple Shalom is our shared Jewish home.

    We will hold two sessions, both at Temple Shalom.  You are welcome to attend whichever is more convenient for you. 

    Wednesday 5/29 at 7:30 pm

    Sunday 6/2 at 4:00 pm

    If, after reading the description below, you would like to participate, please RSVP by Monday May 20th. https://temple-shalom-medford.shulcloud.com/form/gaza-israel-discussion

    Purpose:  Reaffirm trust within the community that we can continue to respect each other across differences of experience and opinion.  This structured, in-person, opportunity to talk and listen is intended for adults (18+ only) to 

    • help us reflect on, and share, the impact that the events of October 7th, and all that has transpired since, have had on each of us.  

    • help us all to see and hear each other in all the complexity of experience within the Temple Shalom community, and 

    • help us understand and care for one another across the different types of pain and concern people are feeling.

    Structure:  A facilitator will lead the “conversation” using agreed-upon guidelines and reflective questions that allow people to listen closely to one another’s experience, without interruption, challenge, or debate.  The prompts will focus on personal experience, internal complexity, and our shared need to be seen and understood with compassion.  

    See more details

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