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Welcome To Shaarei Tefillah!

We are a Modern Orthodox synagogue located in beautiful Newton Centre, Massachusetts, in the greater Boston area. Our active and energetic shul aspires to provide an inclusive, friendly, and participatory atmosphere conducive to personal religious growth through Tefillah, Torah study, Chesed, Tzedek, Ahavat Yisrael, 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, uGemilut Chasadim. At Shaarei, we too stand on — and just as importantly, we stand for — these three foundational pillars.

Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels

Shaarei's Current (post-)Covid-19 Protocols:

  • All Shaarei minyanim (Sanctuary and Tent) are mask-optional for fully vaccinated individuals. 

  • Unvaccinated individuals are requested to continue to mask and socially distance. Our medical advisory panel will continue on an ongoing basis to evaluate masking/social-distancing policies for unvaccinated adults and children, per the continuing development of national and state public-health guidelines.  

  • Special “Comfort” Sections for masking and social distancing: In the Main Sanctuary of the Shul for the 8 AM Shabbat minyan. For the interim, we have designated the back of the Ezrat Nashim (which has been mechitza’d-off for overflow space for men), and the left bank of pews in the women’s section (next to the windows) as “comfort-zone” social-distancing and mask section. In the Tent, we are designating the outer flanks within and beyond the tent as a “comfort-zone” social-distancing and mask section. All of these sections provide better access to fresh airflow, and for families with small children greater access to the areas for babysitting, groups and play.

  • Length of Davening: Per mass feedback, we will continue to aspire to shorter services (90 -110 minutes), continue to begin at Rabbi Yishmael, not recite Anim Zemirot, and keep the D’var Torah brief at the very end. We will reevaluate this also as we proceed during the next months of transition.

  • Singing: We will continue to enhance our davening spiritual experience with more singing: Kel Adon, Kedushah, taking out the Torah, etc.... Vaccinated individuals may sing freely. Unvaccinated individuals who are masked may sing at speaker’s volume. 

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