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High Holiday 5782 Recap

Ark open with Torahs in holiday white dress

We began with three sets of well-attended services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, including outdoor Egal in a large tent at our neighboring Mosque's parking lot (Special thanks to the Islamic Society of Boston-Cambridge for their help and patience). Our 5782 indoor High Holiday services with Rabbi Harris were streamed live over the Internet. The services used our new Lev Shalom machzor. Click here to view the recorded services.

Our beautiful sukkah was used for multiple events including Alef-Bet Pizza in the Hut, several pot luck dinners, a board game night, a new member dinner, and a Bar Mitzvah reception. It was also available for community meals. Josef Messer hosted Scotch and Sliders in the Sukkah event and we had an Zoom lesson on making confectionary edible sukkahs.

Miniature confectionary Sukkot

Erev Simchat Torah was almost drenched out, but the rain stopped in time for enthusiastic dancing in the closed-off Tremont Street.

May we go from strength to strength in the coming year!

Current COVID Policies

We will continue to primarily hold services outdoors.  During services or other times that singing occurs, all are required to either wear a mask or maintain 6 foot distancing, as singing poses additional risk.  When not singing, including when eating, we will ensure that there is an average of 9 sq ft per person so as to avoid crowding, but masks will not be required for vaccinated people outdoors when not singing.  

We will continue holding services indoors in the case of inclement weather or multiple simultaneous minyans. For indoor services, all attendees who are eligible for vaccination must be vaccinated.  We require respirator type masks (N95, KN95, FFP2, KF94), which are provided if you do not have.  Children 5+ should wear respirator type masks fit for kids, which are provided if you do not have.  Children 2-4 should wear whatever mask they will wear consistently and fits best and are welcome to use respirator masks at parent's discretion.  Space will be set aside for those who wish to socially distance.


Temple Beth Shalom, also known as the Tremont Street Shul, is a warm, friendly, traditional synagogue located near the center of Cambridge, Massachusetts. We embrace people of all ages from a wide variety of backgrounds, and we welcome newcomers to feel at home in the shul. We support three styles of Jewish worship: egalitarian, partnership, and orthodox, as well as fostering many kinds of educational, social, and cultural experiences.

We host Minyan  Tehillah, an independent prayer group, as well as the Alef-Bet Child Care (a preschool with day care hours!), and we are often engaged in collaborative Jewish programming. In addition to a robust worship and programming schedule, on the first Friday of each month (with rare exceptions; double-check the calendar), we host a semi-potluck dinner open to all! A special treat of the Tremont Street community is that our weekly Shabbat/Saturday morning services are followed by a kiddush lunch at which everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you, and please feel free to reach out if we can be helpful in any way. 

Services at TBS

There are 3 varieties of services, occurring both in-person and online.

Shabbat/Yom-Tov Zoom services
Egalitarian services run via Zoom at 9:30am on Shabbat or Yom Tov. We begin with "Nishmat" (p. 445 of Koren/Sacks siddur) and continue with shacharit, a reading of the weekly Torah portion, and mussaf. Details, including Zoom link are here.

Daily Zoom Services
Occurring 7:30am Monday through Friday, and 8:30am on Sunday. Details, sign-ups, and Zoom links can be found here.

In-Person Shabbat services
Actually this flavor is actually two flavors: egalitarian or orthodox. These require an advance sign-up and adherence to guidelines.

We need you! Please volunteer to read Torah portions or to lead services. The more people who volunteer, the more "TBS-like" these services will be. What are you waiting for? Sign up here.

Virtual Events

With the physical closure of the shul (see below), we are holding online morning services every weekday, including opportunities to say kaddish. We also are hosting some other virtual events that may interest you. They are on the shul calendar and we'll list them here. To make the calendar easier to navigate, we've removed the events that are cancelled because of the closure. Fear not, they'll be back!

All Events


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Chesed Requests/Offers During Coronavirus (open to wider community

To get through this challenging time, we all need help and support in different ways. We have set up two survey links to (1) sign up as a chesed volunteer and/or (2) request support. If you are looking for anything from help with groceries or errands, to tech or social support, we hope you will let us know. Similarly, if you are looking for ways to get involved and help community members with any of these sorts of things, please volunteer.

Wed, October 20 2021 14 Cheshvan 5782