1860 Washington Street, Newton MA, 02466

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WELCOME TO TEMPLE REYIM

We are a heimish, traditional, egalitarian, inclusive and spirtually uplifting community that engages our minds and nurtures our souls. We warmly welcome the membership and participation of people of all abilities, background, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity.


Family and Friends

Family & Friends

"Reyim" means friends, and our friendships are the life of our community.

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Learning and Prayer

Learning & Prayer

We look to the stories, wisdom, spiritual insights, and halacha of our tradition to bring meaning into our lives.

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Compassion and Social Action

Compassion & Social Action

Our community is defined by the core Jewish value of gemilut hasadim, compassion and loving kindness.

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Temple Reyim is excited to welcome Hebrew college to our campus in December 2022. You can find a press release here. You can find a letter from Mara Bloom and Rabbi Berman to our community here.


Shabbat Under the Stars

August 27 at 6:00 PM

We are thrilled to share that we will be having our Shabbat Under the Stars once again this year! Please join us for Kabbalat Shabbat in our courtyard, followed by a catered dinner. Our evening will closely follow our gathering and food policies for reopening that we have outlined above. This is always a very special Reyim community event, particularly this year, as we return to community. Please bring family and friends as we celebrate Shabbat. More details and some special program notes to follow soon!

RSVP to Jean Max here as soon as possible so we can begin our preparations for the evening! Please let us know how many are coming and any food allergies or vegetarian meals needed.


Returning to Reyim: Reopening Policies and Practices

Our Reopening and Reentry Committee, together with our Executive Committee, has approved the following practices and policies so that we can gather together safely. (Please note: when we have programs or services such as the High Holy Days with a far greater expected number of people, we will have a modified policy. We will share modifications well ahead of time.)

These policies are based on the state's guidelines for houses of worship, high vaccination rates in Newton and surrounding towns, and low incidence of virus in our region. We will reevaluate our policies if the virus incidence rate in Newton, Middlesex County or Massachusetts exceeds 1.0. Please read and help us uphold the following practices and policies to ensure the health and safety of our sacred community.

  • Masks are required for everyone at all times; only service leaders who are vaccinated against Covid-19 may remove their masks while they lead. Service leadership includes leading prayer, chanting Torah and Haftarah, and giving a d'var Torah or talk.
  • Density and distancing restrictions are lifted; however, we have designated a space in our Sanctuary for anyone who would like to be in physical distance from others. Please let us know before you come.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in the lobby and in the Sanctuary. Anyone with a service honor must use sanitizer or wash hands. Please do not shake hands, hug or kiss.
  • We will begin having kiddush again this fall, including catered meals and meals prepared by our community members in our kitchen. Those preparing food must wear masks and be trained in food health and safety, which will be overseen by our Kitchen Committee.
  • We have begun enhanced cleaning protocols for high touch areas including the sanctuary, bathrooms and offices.


Support and Resources for Our Community

As we face challenges of distance and illness due to COVID-19, we want to be sure to meet the needs that may arise for our community members. Please take a moment to complete this form if a need arises or if you feel you can support others needs. Responses are confidential.

In addition, you can find many more resources for mental health, emergency services, and parent coaching here.

If you need anything at all, please be in touch with Rabbi Berman at rabbiberman@reyim.org and Claire Gerstein Chair of our Chesed Committee, at cgerstein@verizon.net.


Shabbat Services: Apart, Together

  • Kabbalat Shabbat Online

    Friday Evening 6:00 PM

    Join by Zoom here

  • Shabbat Morning Live Streaming and in Person

    Saturday Morning 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Join by livestream here

Kabbalat Shabbat

Morning Prayer

  • Every Monday through Friday 7:00 AM

    National holidays, including upcoming Memorial Day 8:00 AM

    Join by Zoom here

  • Every Sunday Morning 9:00 AM

    Join by Zoom here


Jewish Family & Children's Service

We are committed to delivering 25 boxes of raisins and 30 boxes of cereal each month to JF&CS. Ordinarily our community would purchase these items and drop them off individually but given the current circumstances, we are asking our community to donate funds that we can use to buy the items. Any amount is welcome!.

You can use the PayPal button below to donate. Please indicate on the payment form ("Add a note") that this donation is for JF&CS.

JFCS

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