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. 13 Sep
  2. 14 Sep
  3. 20 Sep

    Tot Shabbat (Pre-School)

    6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
  4. 20 Sep

    Shabbat Services

    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. 21 Sep
  6. 28 Sep

Upcoming Events

  1. 22 Jul

    Temple Book Group lunch

    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. 23 Jul

    Gentlemen Songsters

    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Next dates: 30 Jul | 06 Aug | 13 Aug |
  3. 24 Jul

    Ladies Who Lunch

    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  4. 24 Jul

    Adult ED

    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Next dates: 14 Aug | 11 Sep |
  5. 01 Aug

    Exec. Committee

    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Next dates: 05 Sep | 03 Oct | 07 Nov |
  6. 01 Aug

    School Committee - Hybrid

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Disconnect to Reconnect: The Unique Position of Camp as a Screen-Free, Immersive Space

Disconnect to Reconnect: The Unique Position of Camp as a Screen-Free, Immersive Space jemerman

At the Jewish summer camp I attended in my youth, we created a sacred moment for our closing-night ritual. After we finished our campfire singing, we'd look up at the stars. Campers today live very different lives. In a post-pandemic world, they have endured screen overload.

Creating Belonging for Interfaith Families

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One of my most treasured memories is of my husband buying Purim carnival wristbands for our children. This act might seem small, but it symbolized a significant shift for us. See, my husband isn't Jewish, but we are raising a Jewish family.

Why This Summer is Different

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Making a Jewish Ritual for my Divorce

Making a Jewish Ritual for my Divorce jemerman

In the weeks leading up to my civil divorce, I delved into Jewish tradition to see how I could mark it Jewishly. I'd been married under a chuppah with the exquisite blessings of our tradition; simply marking my divorce in the Cook County courthouse was not going to suffice.