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.

Latest News and Events

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Worship Events

  1. 28 Nov

    Menorah Lighting

    6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Next dates: 29 Nov | 30 Nov | 01 Dec |
  2. 03 Dec
  3. 10 Dec

    Shalomites Creative Service

    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  4. 17 Dec

    Sunset Shabbat (Sue Horowitz)

    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  5. 24 Dec

    No Services

    ALL DAY EVENT
  6. 31 Dec

    No Services

    ALL DAY EVENT

Upcoming Events

  1. 27 Nov

    Shalomites Movie Night

    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. 28 Nov

    Chanukah

    ALL DAY EVENT
  3. 28 Nov

    Adult Hebrew - Zoom

    10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  4. 30 Nov

    Hanukkah Storytime

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  5. 01 Dec

    Hebrew School

    4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

    Next dates: 08 Dec | 15 Dec | 22 Dec |
  6. 01 Dec

    Chai School Term 1 (make up)

    6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

For Some of Us the Holidays Are Just…Hard

For Some of Us the Holidays Are Just…Hard jemerman November 18, 2021

As we head into the holiday season, I am acutely aware of how much different this year is going to be than previous ones. I will be celebrating without my mom for the first time. My mother died in January 2021, and I'm still dealing with the unexpected waves of grief that wash over me, sometimes out of nowhere. As I head into this first winter holiday season without her, I'm not quite sure I know what to expect, other than everything is going to be very different.

Reimagining Hanukkah Gift-Giving

Reimagining Hanukkah Gift-Giving jemerman November 18, 2021

There are a lot of creative ways to make Hanukkah meaningful when we pause to ask ourselves a few good questions before automatically going into shopping mode.

Reflecting on Transgender Awareness Week in 2021

Reflecting on Transgender Awareness Week in 2021 urjadmin November 16, 2021

Transgender Awareness Week is a chance to educate the public. It is important for people who are not part of the trans community to understand the oppression transgender and gender-expansive people face every day. While it is always important to affirm trans identities, Transgender Awareness Week provides an opportunity to center the voices of trans and gender-expansive people.

In This Season of Giving Thanks, Acknowledge the Tribal Land Upon Which You Live

In This Season of Giving Thanks, Acknowledge the Tribal Land Upon Which You Live jemerman November 15, 2021

Acknowledging the tribal land you live on (whether it is past or current tribal land) honors the communities who once lived there and whose land was brutally stolen from them.