Congregation Shalom

A Reform, welcoming, egalitarian congregation committed to meeting the needs of today’s Jewish family.

We are located in North Chelmsford, MA, and draw from 22 communities in the Merrimack Valley.

Our Mission

Congregation Shalom is a Reform Jewish community committed to education, spiritual growth, and Tikkun Olam (healing the world).

We are proud to be an extended family of equals – welcoming, caring and inclusive. Together, we engage in religious observance, enjoy social activities, and pursue life-long learning.

Reimagining Jewish Life

Welcoming community

The doors to Congregation Shalom are open to all who are interested in exploring Jewish life. We believe that a synagogue isn’t a building, but rather a caring community where people can connect in meaningful ways throughout all of life’s stages. At Congregation Shalom there is no one way to be Jewish or Jewishly connected. We look forward to welcoming you!  

Diversity

At Congregation Shalom we embrace inclusivity and we value each person for the gifts they bring to our community. We welcome everyone who wants to connect to Jewish life regardless of religious background, race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity. As a Reform Jewish congregation, we believe that there is a place in our community for everyone, regardless of the expression of their faith. We welcome people with divergent beliefs, perspectives and spiritual practices. Our community is stronger because of our diversity.

Building relationships

Congregation Shalom is a kehillah, a community of people who value friendship and collaboration. Together we strive to nurture relationships, supporting each other in times of need and celebrating moments of joy. We create meaningful educational, spiritual and social opportunities to enrich our lives, our families and our friendships. We also believe in the importance of building relationships with members of the interfaith community, and that through dialogue within our congregation and in the broader community we can inspire and encourage Tikkun–healing.

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Lifelong Learning

From Pre-school to Adult Ed, we offer Jewish learning opportunities for every age.

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Worship

We strive to provide meaningful and spiritual experiences for all members.

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Tikkun Olam

Healing the world is infused in every aspect of our temple community.

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Worship Events

  1. 24 May

    Sunset Shabbat

    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. 25 May
  3. 31 May

    Sunset Shabbat (Sue Horowitz)

    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  4. 01 Jun
  5. 07 Jun

    Family Shabbat (Sue Horowitz)

    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  6. 08 Jun

Upcoming Events

  1. 20 May

    Blood Drive

    ALL DAY EVENT
  2. 21 May

    B-Mitzvah Rehearsal (Jeffrey)

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  3. 21 May

    B'nai Mitzvah Rehearsal

    3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. 21 May

    B'nai mitzvah Rehearsal

    5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
  5. 21 May

    Gentlemen Songsters

    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Next dates: 28 May | 04 Jun | 11 Jun |
  6. 22 May

    B'nai Mitzvah Rehearsal

    3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Being Honest with God and Myself

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I took the Commandments seriously. However, one of the Commandments deeply resonated above all others: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor," meaning "You shall not lie" (Exodus 20:13). This affected me most because I was lying to others and myself about a core aspect of my identity: my bisexuality.

A Message of Support

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While we recognize that the deep conflict between Israelis and Palestinians will not be resolved over the summer, we believe that come the fall, college campuses must once again be safe for all students - and this includes Jewish students living their Jewish commitments openly and proudly.

B'midbar Haiku

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Haiku based on the week's Torah portion.

You’re Invited to Remember

You’re Invited to Remember jemerman

Growing up, I saw Yizkor as a mysterious event on Yom Kippur afternoon. The grownups would return to temple in the afternoon, while my sister and I stayed home. There was no explanation, just an understanding that this was a thing our parents and grandparents did, and we did not.