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.
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
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!
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.
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.
From Pre-school to Adult Ed, we offer Jewish learning opportunities for every age.
We strive to provide meaningful and spiritual experiences for all members.
Healing the world is infused in every aspect of our temple community.
Rabbi Joseph Polak, author of the acclaimed memoir After the Holocaust the Bells Still Ring, will present a unique and dramatic reading from his memoir.
Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 – 9:00pm, at Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, MA
A book signing to follow.
A toddler survivor of two concentration camps, together with his mother, Rabbi Polak, who is Chief Justice of the Rabbinic Court (Bet Din) of Massachusetts, will read from the chapter ‘Tanya’ (written as a play of three characters) in this memoir, which was a 2015 winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and is now scheduled to be published in Hebrew translation by Yad Vashem. More
Don’t miss this groundbreaking workshop! At Congregation Shalom, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Light Dinner included.
How and why does antisemitism persist in communities today? What can we do as educators, neighbors, and religious institutions , to confront hatred in our schools and communities? Facing History’s ground-breaking lessons explore the role that antisemitism played at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville as a case study in contemporary antisemitism. More
Read the Book, Rising out of Hatred by Eli Saslow, and then Join Us for the Conversation
Hosted by Congregation Shalom’s Social Action/Social Justice Committee. Tuesday, April 30, 7:00-9:00pm at Congregation Shalom. Everyone welcome! More
Sat 20Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm