Temple Shalom Emeth: A Welcoming Reform Jewish Community in Burlington Massachusetts

We are a vibrant and welcoming Reform Jewish congregation. We provide a rich spectrum of opportunities for our members to express their Judaism through worship, education, music, community service, and social events.

Recent and Upcoming Holidays

Services for 2021-2022

High Holy Day Services

This year’s services will once again primarily be online, with a few options for in-person elements.  Note that all in-person services will also be available as a live stream, with a recording published shortly after the service concludes.

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Monday evening September 6 – Virtual Service
1st Day Rosh Hashanah- Tuesday September 7 – Virtual Services will be available for adults as well as a children’s program.
Shofar Service – Tuesday September 7 at 4:00pm – In person Service in the back parking lot, weather permitting.
  • In case of rain we will postpone this service and try to hold it in conjunction with Tashlich the next day.
2nd Day Rosh Hashanah – Wednesday September 8 – Virtual Morning Service
Tashlich at the North Bridge, Concord – Wednesday September 8 at 4:30pm – Cast off your sins in person
Erev Yom Kippur – Wednesday evening September 15 – Virtual Service
Yom Kippur Morning Service- Wednesday September 16– Virtual Services will be available for adults as well as a children’s program.
Yizkor – Thursday September 16 at 1:00pm In Person Memorial service will be held outdoors in the parking lot. In case of rain this will be live streamed from the sanctuary, with only those leading the service attending in person.
Neilah (concluding service) – Thursday afternoon September 16th – Virtual Service

Services will be led by Rabbi Susan Abramson, Cantorial soloists Ben Silver and Don Levey, and Rabbinical student / Education Director Ben Einsidler. All in person services will also be available live streamed for those unable to attend, and a recording will also be available shortly after the service is completed.

For more information or to get access to the virtual services, please see our High Holy Days worship schedule.

Friday Shabbat Services

Friday, August 27th we will be holding an outdoor, socially distant service.  Please RSVP (see this week’s announcements for RSVP instructions).

Note that all attendees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or under the age of 18.  Since there will be singing along with the service, masks will be required, and we ask that you please click on the link below to prior to the service, to confirm your vaccination status and allow us to contact trace if necessary.


Friday Shabbat Services are also being conducted virtually.  You may view the most recent services by clicking on the links on this page, or you may also check out past services from our Shabbat Services page.

Rabbi Rocketpower

RabbiRocketPowerDid you know that our rabbi is the author of the Rabbi Rocketpower series of children’s Jewish holidays books?

She is the first-ever female rabbi superhero.

Oy vay! Up, up and away!

Visit the Official Rabbi Rocketpower website

Check Out Our Music Video: SHALOM!

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Creation, Chaos, and Children

Creation, Chaos, and Children jstern September 17, 2021

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. God said: “Let there be light.” And there was light.

Sukkot Breads in Fall Colors

Sukkot Breads in Fall Colors jstern September 13, 2021

Decorate your Sukkot table with Ethiopian, North African, and Sephardi breads full of fall colors and tantalizing spice mixes and broaden our palates to the customs of worldwide Jewish communities. Laden with seasonal honey, pumpkin, or orange, they don’t need braiding, and they make perfect gifts.

7 Jewish Endeavors to Make 5782 a Sweet New Year

7 Jewish Endeavors to Make 5782 a Sweet New Year jstern September 13, 2021

It’s a long-standing custom for Jews to wish one another a “sweet new year” on Rosh Hashanah; to hope that this coming year will be one filled with joy, fulfillment, and an abundance of blessings. However, Judaism isn’t a path focused simply on wishing for good things; if our goal is to make each year “sweeter” than the last, we must work to make it happen.

20 Years After 9/11: The Power of Tiny Acts To Create a Moral Universe

20 Years After 9/11: The Power of Tiny Acts To Create a Moral Universe jstern September 5, 2021

The horrific attack of September 11, 2001 was an attack on all of humanity, and we remember all the victims and first responders who died that day.