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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

Helping Each Other During this Time of Need - Coronavirus Support and Resources from our Community

Our Shul, Cong. Shaarei Tefillah, has set up a number of committees to help support our members whose lives may have been disrupted in recent weeks by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Please click here if you are looking for medical resources, emotional support, help with deliveries and more, or if you are able to volunteer your time to help those in need.


Health Attestations and Participant Protocols for any in-person, socially distanced, masked participation in Shul  davening services or activities


  • All participants are required to wear a mask fully covering nose and mouth, and remain at least 6 feet apart at all times. We will have spare masks in case a mask breaks, but individuals who show up without a mask will not be permitted to stay, without exception.
  • Siddurim, Machzorim and Tallitot must be carried in and carried out. 
  • No one may kiss or touch the Torah.
  • Attendees should arrive no earlier than five minutes prior to minyan and leave immediately following davening to allow the next cohort to assemble safely. Social distancing must be practiced before, during, and after minyan (e.g. when exiting). 
  • Minyanim will be cancelled in the event of dangerous weather, such as thunder and lightening, but will still proceed under the tent in the rain.


IMPORTANT! TO PARTICPATE one must meet all the following criteria:
* Must confirm that you are feeling well; if you are not feeling well, even if you do not suspect COVID-19, please stay at home.
Specifically, are you experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms?
* Fever or feeling feverish
* Sore throat
* New cough (not related to chronic condition)
* New nasal congestion or new runny nose (not related to seasonal allergies)
* Muscle aches
* New loss of smell or taste
* Shortness of breadth
* Must confirm that you have had no known exposures to a person with COVID-19 in the past two weeks; if you have had such an exposure, please stay at home. Health care workers working in health-care environments with medical-grade PPE are allowed.
* Commit that if you become ill with COVID-19 symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19, you must immediately notify Rabbi Samuels, (or on his cell phone), and give permission to Shaarei to inform other minyanaires of their potential exposure so that all may contact trace and quarantine, as directed by their healthcare provider.
* If you think or know that you had COVID-19, you can only participate after all of the following criteria have been met:
- 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared AND
- You have had 3 days with no fever AND
- Your symptoms have improved
* For the health and safety of our members, we strongly encourage those aged 65 years or older and/or those with other risk factors for severe COVID-19 (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease, cancer, obesity) to consult with their doctor before attending.
* Visitors from out-of-state must comply with the COVID19 Travel Order of the Commonwelath of Massachusetts. For Details, go to:
* Affirm that you knowingly and freely assume the associated health risks and hold Congregation Shaarei Tefillah and Site Hosts without blame should you contract COVID-19.

Wed, May 5 2021 23 Iyyar 5781