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.

Friday Shabbat Services

We are returning to in-person Shabbat Services in our Sanctuary with limited capacity. To prevent crowding, RSVPs are required. Please fill out the form linked below.

Masks are required for all attendees, and those age 12 and up must be vaccinated.

SHABBAT RSVP FORM

Friday Shabbat Services are also being livestreamed on the Temple’s Facebook page.  After the service, video will be uploaded to the Spiritually Speaking YouTube channel.

High Holy Day Services 2021

This year’s services were once again primarily online. Select recordings can be found on the Spiritually Speaking YouTube channel.

 

Recent and Upcoming Events

Interfaith Thanksgiving Services

Rabbi Abramson joined with other local clergy for an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in both Billerica and Burlington.

Kristallnacht Commemoration

Rabbi Abramson joined with Bedford Interfaith Clergy to commemorate Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass – which heralded the beginning of the Holocaust in 1938.

Special Event – Jill Kornetsky’s Escape From Afghanistan

Learn about Jill Kornetsky’s amazing escape from Afghanistan four days before the US pulled out of the country, and her plans to make an impact in the lives of Afghani women. An interview by Rabbi Susan Abramson, Temple Shalom Emeth, Burlington, MA. Neesha Suarez, Director of Constituent Services for Cong. Seth Moulton, will detail her efforts which helped Jill and her Afghani assistant leave Kabul.
Recording available on YouTube

 

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

Choosing Hope in Times of Trial

Choosing Hope in Times of Trial jemerman December 6, 2021

From Covid and climate change to the erosion of democratic norms and the decline of a shared sense of truth (and the list could go on), two things are clear. First, are we living in an age that tests our ability to sustain hope. Second, if despair dominates hope, we will be unable to meet the challenges that beset us.

For the Love of Jeff: A Reflection on Mister Rogers’ Most Memorable Young Guest

For the Love of Jeff: A Reflection on Mister Rogers’ Most Memorable Young Guest jemerman November 30, 2021

At 10, Jeff Erlanger appeared on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in his wheelchair. I recently asked Jeff’s parents about how they raised such a competent and loving son.

Reflections on the Significance of December 7 on American Jewry

Reflections on the Significance of December 7 on American Jewry jemerman November 29, 2021

December 7 marks the 80th anniversary of the surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. The attack led to America's formal entry into World War II. What ensued would have a profound impact on Jews everywhere, including the American Jewish community.

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.