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.

  • Kabbalat Shabbat

    February 23, 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

    February 24, 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.

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  • Shabbat Sing-Along

    February 24, 2024  11:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Singing, dancing and fun for ages 0-7, with a parent.  Led by Rabbi Dell'Era.

    Stay for Kiddush lunch afterwards.

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  • Adult Ed Book Club

    February 26, 2024  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    The Adult Ed Committee invites members of the congregation to join the winter session of our book club.  We will be meeting on Monday evenings at 7:30 on Zoom.  Over the course of these weeks we will read one book, a few chapters at a time, so that we can discuss it in depth.

    The book for this session is: Palestine 1936: The Great Revolt and the Roots of the Middle East Conflict, by Oren Kessler, 2023.

    All are welcome to participate! To sign up, please email Deb Varat.

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  • Hebrew 102

    February 27, 2024  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Hebrew 102

    Do you already know how to sound out the Hebrew words in the prayerbook?  Do you wish you understood more of what you were saying?  Join an interactive class for adults where we will take a journey through the siddur together, learning how the Hebrew language works and building a vocabulary that will open up the meanings of the prayers.

    The class is being taught by Debby Gelber, who tutors our b'nei mitzvah students on their Torah portions and haftarot.  The class will run from Feb 27 for 12 weeks, skipping weeks for holidays.  There is a fee for this course and registration is required.  For all the details and to register, go to:  http://tinyurl.com/TSM5784Hebrew102

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  • Mah Jongg

    February 27, 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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  • Religious School

    February 28, 2024  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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  • Minyan

    February 28, 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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  • Intro to Judaism

    February 28, 2024  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Introduction to Judaism is a lively, multimedia, discussion based, 18 week exploration of Jewish spirituality, culture, history and traditions taught by Rabbi Dell'Era.  This class will meet on Wednesday nights starting November 1, ending on March 27, 2024 (there will be holiday breaks!).

    Sign up with this link, or call the office to register.  More information is available in the October Bulletin.

    Students are requested to come to each class session in person whenever possible, however there will be a virtual option for students who occasionally need to miss a class and want to tune in virtually.

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