Shaarei Tefillah, our Modern Orthodox Shul, was awarded an Inclusion Grant from the Ruderman Family Synagogue Inclusion Program, along with two other Boston area synagogues/temples. Shaarei Tefillah is featured in this inspiring video at 2:43.


Listen to Rabbi Samuels' interview on Hagigah.

Welcome to Congregation Shaarei Tefillah!
We are a Modern Orthodox synagogue located in beautiful Newton Centre, Massachusetts, in the greater Boston area.
Our small, energetic shul aspires to provide an inclusive, friendly, and participatory atmosphere conducive to personal growth through tefillah, tzedakah, Torah study, serious religious expression, and building a supportive community of values and meaning.
As our Sages taught us so long ago: The world stands on three things: Torah, Avodah, Ug'milut Chasadim. At Shaarei, we too stand on — and just as importantly, we stand for — these three foundational pillars.
— Rabbi Benjamin Samuels

In January of 2014, the Orthodox Union recognized our synagogue as a Hineinu Synagogue, an exemplary national model of communal inclusivity. Our Shul’s inclusivity statement follows:
We are excited to partner with the Hineinu initiative of the Orthodox Union. At Shaarei Tefillah, we pride ourselves on our warm, welcoming Modern Orthodox community. However, we have learned over the years that creating an inclusive environment requires more than good will. A sincere call for inclusivity must be conveyed not only with greetings and invitations, but must be expressed through architecture and access, signage, wordage and programs. The strength of kehillah (community) should be measured not only in membership units and the length of weekly announcements, but also by our manifest inclusivity and our capacity as a halakhic community to learn and improve, to outreach and in-reach, to grow together through full encounter of Torah uMitzvot. When we built our new Shul building just a couple of years ago, a vision of inclusivity drove our process. We designed our Shul to communicate through structure and form that our Beit Kenesset, our home of spiritual ingathering, invites and values the participation of men and women, adults and children, abled and disabled, empty nesters and young families, frum-from-birth and newly religious seekers. We work hard to concretize this message through our programming and publicity as well. Joining the Hineinu initiative is our way of continuing to respond to this Divine call and charge of hakhel, of inclusivity. We sincerely hope that by stepping up to say “Here We Are,” we will inspire other Shuls to do likewise and invite those who have previously felt without community to join us with their own “Hineini — Here I am.”


Week of Parashat Toldot
Nov 12 - Nov 18
Date ShacharitMincha/
Maariv
Late MaarivShkia
Sun Nov 12 8:004:10 4:25:25
Mon Nov 13 6:304:109:004:24:28
Tue Nov 14 6:404:109:004:23:33
Wed Nov 15 6:404:109:004:22:39
Thu Nov 16 6:304:059:004:21:48
Fri Nov 17 6:404:00 4:20:58
Candle lighting before 4:02
Sat Nov 18
Toldot
Mevarchim
Women's Tefillah Group after kiddush
8:00
9:00
3:50 4:20:11
Sof Zman Kriyat Shma 9:04
Havdalah after 5:03

Week of Parashat Vayetse
Nov 19 - Nov 25
Date ShacharitMincha/
Maariv
Late MaarivShkia
Sun Nov 19 8:004:05 4:19:26
Mon Nov 20 6:304:059:004:18:42
Tue Nov 21 6:404:059:004:18:01
Wed Nov 22 6:404:059:004:17:22
Thu Nov 23 6:304:009:004:16:45
Fri Nov 24 6:404:00 4:16:11
Candle lighting before 3:58
Sat Nov 25
Vayetse
8:00
9:00
3:45 4:15:38
Sof Zman Kriyat Shma 9:09
Havdalah after 4:58

Week of Parashat Vayishlach
Nov 26 - Dec 02
Date ShacharitMincha/
Maariv
Late MaarivShkia
Sun Nov 26 8:004:00 4:15:08
Mon Nov 27 6:304:009:004:14:40
Tue Nov 28 6:404:009:004:14:15
Wed Nov 29 6:404:009:004:13:51
Thu Nov 30 6:304:009:004:13:30
Fri Dec 1 6:403:55 4:13:12
Candle lighting before 3:55
Sat Dec 2
Vayishlach
8:00
9:00
3:45 4:12:56
Sof Zman Kriyat Shma 9:14
Havdalah after 4:55