"Reyim" means friends, and our friendships are the life of our community.
We look to the stories, wisdom, spiritual insights, and halacha of our tradition to bring meaning into our lives.
Our community is defined by the core Jewish value of gemilut hasadim, compassion and loving kindness.
Pictured is the world's oldest known siddur, displaying the 104th psalm, which we recite on Rosh Chodesh, the new moon. Among its many beautiful verses is: ashira l'Hashem b'chay'ai - I am alive, I shall sing to God! We are alive, so let us sing to God in new ways! The central project of Judaism, after all, is to make the ancient new and the new holy. (Rav Kook).
From the most ancient, we will be developing what will be the newest siddur in the world. This year we will be reading, studying, reflecting and composing a companion to our new siddur, Lev Shalem. We will be looking at many sacred texts for inspiration, from our ancient tradition to contemporary Jewish theology and thought. We will be reading books to learn more about the theology and spiritual aspirations of prayer, starting with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's Man's Quest for God. If you'd like to learn more, or wish to join our group, please be in touch with Rabbi Berman or David Carlen.
Performing on concert stages throughout North America, Europe, and Israel, the award-winning Zamir Chorale of Boston awakens audiences to the exotic rhythms of the Middle East to the majestic anthems of 19th-century European synagogues, from the romances of Spain to the chants of Yemen, and from contemporary American jazz to the much-loved Yiddish tunes of Jewish musical theater.
As you may know, Reyim is part of a multi-faith collaboration of six congregations supporting the resettlement of individuals and families seeing asylum (Newton-Brookline Asylum Resettlement Committee (NBARC).
We invite you to a gathering at one of our partners, Grace Episcopal Church, 76 Eldredge St. in Newton on October 24 at 7:00 PM.
Looking to our new siddur, Lev Shalem, as a core text, Chancellor Eisen will teach about the theological, liturgical and spiritual questions that we need to embrace to build a vital and enriching Jewish future.
Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world’s foremost authorities on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary. Since taking office in 2007, Chancellor Eisen has transformed the education of religious, pedagogical, professional, and lay leaders for North American Jewry, with a focus on graduating highly skilled, innovative leaders who bring Judaism alive in ways that speak authentically to Jews at a time of rapid and far-reaching change. During his tenure, Chancellor Eisen has placed significant emphasis on strengthening Jewish learning in our communities. His initiatives include the new Block/Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts; programs to strengthen early childhood, experiential, adult, and Israel education; the Arts Initiative; the interfaith Center for Pastoral Education; and the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue. Before coming to JTS, Chancellor Eisen served on the faculties of Stanford, Tel Aviv, and Columbia universities. An award-winning writer and advocate for the Jewish community, Chancellor Eisen’s many publications include Rethinking Modern Judaism and Conservative Judaism Today and Tomorrow, a collection of personal essays that explore essential matters of Jewish belief and practice from a Conservative perspective. He received a BA from University of Pennsylvania, a BPhil from Oxford University, and a PhD from Hebrew University.
Members of our community will take you across the globe and through the back roads of America. Their amazing experiences promise to make you laugh, move you and touch your heart. Get to know each of our storytellers during this special event. Join our congregation of friends for a night for storytelling, music, appetizers, dessert, drink and unexpected surprises. Come be with friends, meet new people and hear some very wonderful people share a part of their lives. RSVP to the office or call (617) 527-2410.
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