Boston Jewish Spirit is a liberal, inclusive Reform Jewish Congregation committed to the opportunities, challenges, and diversity of urban life.
We offer a special welcome to interfaith and multicultural families, gay and lesbian people, all residents of Boston's central city neighborhoods, and all who are seeking an experience of Judaism's universal spiritual ideals and traditions, regardless of religious background.
Together we seek to create a new community of worship, learning, and service, grounded in the timeless Jewish vision of a "house of prayer for all people," and responding to the mandate of our Hebrew Prophets to work for justice and peace in the world.

April 2012

"Sisters in Spirit"
Women of Our Jewish/Muslim Dialogue Meet for Cooking Class, Dinner, and Conversation

Twelve BJS women had a special opportunity to connect with an equal number of women from our congregation’s renewed Jewish-Muslim Interfaith Dialogue project on Sunday evening, April 1, 2012 at The Turkish Cultural Center (TCC). The TCC, along with the Peace Islands Institute, are the Islamic partners in our Dialogue. Read more...

Second Night of Passover
Saturday, April 7 - 6:30 PM

Please join us for our annual BJS Seder on April 7 at 6:30 pm. Our participatory Haggadah ceremony with singing, discussion and full catered dinner has become a beloved holiday tradition. We will be joined by invited guests from Emmanuel Church and members of our Muslim-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue.

Please note that reservations for our BJS members and their invited guests, are available on a first come-first served basis. Member Cost: $45.00 per person. Adult Guests - $50.00.

Temple members also have the opportunity of sponsoring an invited guest or fellow BJS Family member who may not be able to cover the cost of joining us, by donating a "Seat for Elijah".

Email to make your reservations!

Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 AM
Torah Study with Rabbi Devon Lerner

An Introduction to Martin Buber's "I and Thou."  Torah Texts: "Words that Inspire Us"  Please bring an example of words in our liturgy or in any other ritual, that inspires you.  If you have passages from literature or other sources that speak to you, please bring those as well.  Every student will have an opportunity to share at least two pieces.

Friday, April 20th, 6:30 PM
Sabbath Eve Service
"Reflections of an Ambivalent Pilgrim: Report from Israel- Part II"

We will continue our review of our rabbi's recent trip to Israel. He will continue his reflections on the complex religious and political challenges that pervade Israeli life, as well as the many deeply moving and positive experiences of visiting the great historic sites of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Masada.

The BJS Choir will rehearse at 5:45 PM.
Our Oneg Shabbat Social Hour will follow the Service.

Thursday, April 19th, 6:30 PM 
Jewish-Muslim Interfaith Dialogue

Location: Peace Islands Institute/Turkish Cultural Center
2  Center Plaza, Boston (Opposite Government Center)

As we have announced, our congregation is excited to be renewing our past connection with the Boston Dialogue Foundation (BDF), a Turkish Islamic organization and mosque with whom BJS has cooperated in interfaith dialogue and other programs over the past four years.

In the midst of the continuing imperative for dialogue and relationship building between all of America's faith communities - highlighted in this tenth anniversary year of 9/11 - there is a special compelling need for American Jews and Muslims to reach out to one another. BDF is a progressive Islamic group, is a unique voice in the Muslim community, and offers a particularly compatible counterpoint to our temple's liberal Reform Jewish commitment.
We will also host BDF members at our upcoming Seder.  Please let us know if you wish to be a part of this important and challenging effort -

Save the Date: Annual Tobin School Spring Clean-up!
Saturday, May 19, 9:00 AM

Mark your calendar for the Tobin School Annual Spring Clean-up!  We will join school and community groups to clean, plant and paint from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Come for as long as you can to enhance the outdoor learning environment at our partner school, which has become a source of pride for the Mission Hill community and the City of Boston.


In response to many continued expressions of interest, we are building a BJS Choir to add to the wonderful musical experience we share at each Service. Many of the details and logistics are open for suggestion and discussion.

Please let us know if you would like to take part!
We'd love to have you share your musical spirit.

Contact us!

Boston Jewish Spirit

15 Newbury Street

Boston, MA 02116

(617) 262-1202

2012 Sabbath Worship
Fridays 6:30 PM

January 13, 2012
January 27, 2012
February 10, 2012
February 24, 2012
March 9, 2012
March 30, 2012
April 20, 2012
May 4, 2012
May 18, 2012
June 15, 2012
July 13, 2012
August 17, 2012
September 7, 2012
October 12, 2012
October 26, 2012
November 9, 2012
November 30, 2012
December 21, 2012

Worship is followed by an
Oneg Shabbat Social Hour

2011 - 2012 Sabbath Morning
Torah Study
Saturdays 10:00 AM

November 12, 2011
December 3, 2011

January 21, 2012
February 18, 2012
March 17, 2012
April 14, 2012
May 12, 2012

2012 Holidays
and Special Services

Passover BJS Congregational Seder
Second Night of Pesach
April 7, 2012

High Holy Days
Eve of Rosh Hashanah
September 16, 2012

New Year Morning
September 17, 2012

Kol Nidre
September 25 2012

Yom Kippur - The Day of Atonement
September 26, 2012

Chanukah Cantata
"A Light Through The Ages"
TBC, 2012

Open Congregational Meeting

Sundays 5:00 PM

May 20, 2012

Annual Meeting & Pot Luck Supper
June 10, 2012

Rabbi Berman's Preaching Schedule at Emmanuel Church
Sundays 10:00 AM

December 9, 2011

January 15, 2012
February 12, 2012
April 22, 2012
June 10, 2012

As part of the special partnership between BJS and Emanuel, our rabbi also serves as Rabbi-in-Residence at the church, and delivers the sermon at one Sunday Service each month. These messages offer a distinctively Jewish perspective on issues of faith, and reflect on the parallels between our two traditions. BJS members are always welcome to share in these Services with our friends at Emmanuel.

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