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.

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.

  • Rabbi's Class

    December 8, 2022  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    On the Mitzvah of Sustainability
    Join Rabbi Dell'Era in exploring the halakhic and ethical decisions where Jewish law intersects with environmental impact.
    This program is being hosted by synagogues around the country as part of the Rabbinical Assembly's annual International Seminar for Halakhic Study.  It is based on a teshuvah (legal response paper) called "On the Mitzvah of Sustainability" that was approved in 2019 by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.
    You can watch an introductory video and/or preview the teshuvah (see the December bulletin online for the link), but it is not necessary to prepare ahead of time to participate.  All study materials will be provided during the program.  Class is available in-person and on Zoom.
    Sponsored by the TSM Adult Ed Committee and the Green Team.

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  • Kabbalat Shabbat

    December 9, 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

    December 10, 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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  • Youth Services

    December 10, 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

    December 10, 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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  • Congregational Meeting

    December 11, 2022  9:30 am - 11:00 am

    Please attend the semi-annual congregational meeting.
    Coffee and donuts at 9:30am
    Meeting starts at 9:45am
    You can also join via Zoom.

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  • Religious School

    December 11, 2022  9:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Religious School for all classes.
    Bring your students for class and stick around yourself to meet other school parents and temple members, volunteer in the school or in the Temple, or even participate in the monthly Sunday Morning Minyan. 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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  • Junior USY Trampolining

    December 11, 2022  4:40 pm - 6:30 pm
    Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 69 Norman St, Everett, MA 02149, USA

    Junior USY takes Sky Zone!!!
    Open to All Middle School aged Teens in the Temple Shalom Community.
    See December Bulletin for details. RSVP by December 2

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  • Mah Jongg

    December 13, 2022  7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    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!
    Contact Marcia Delatizky to be added to the notification list.

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  • Religious School

    December 14, 2022  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    Religious school for Kitah Gimmel and up. Parents are welcome to hang around while students learn. Sometimes there are even opportunities to volunteer in the school or in the Temple! Fun!

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  • Minyan

    December 14, 2022  7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Help those in mourning or observing a yahrzeit. Join on Zoom or outdoors in person weather-permitting.In person RSVP to minyan@templeshalommedford.org.

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  • Intro To Judaism Class

    December 14, 2022  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Who?  We welcome conversion candidates, people partnered and/or raising kids with Jewish people, folks exploring Jewish ancestry and Jews who want to fill gaps and connect more to their Judaism.  Open to Temple Shalom members and non-members.
    What?  A lively, multimedia and discussion-based exploration taught by Rabbi Dell'Era over 18 weeks, diving into Jewish spirituality, culture, history and traditions!  
    This class is taught in partnership with the Louis & Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University.  
    Want more info? See the October bulletin or reach out to Rabbi Dell'Era at rabbidellera@templeshalommedford.org

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