Welcome

Nehar Shalom is a small, intimate Jewish community. We are Jamaica Plain’s oldest and newest synagogue, and we continue to evolve and grow.

 

Our community includes people of all ages and we value building cross-generational relationships. Our davenning (prayer) is traditional in form and filled with spirit and song, and we are committed to making our ritual life accessible to all. Our members have a wide range of observance and practice. We connect to and express our Judaism in many different ways, including through study, prayer, working for social justice, food, history, music, and art.

 

Our community includes queer and trans Jews; Jews of color, mixed-race, and white Jews; Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrahi Jews; people from all different class backgrounds and access to money; and folks who are disabled and chronically ill. Our community includes interfaith families and households. We work to build a community that reflects our anti-oppression values, a place where all know and feel that they belong.

Nehar Shalom was founded to be an old model made new. A shtibl is a small shul, a Chassidic prayer room in origin, often in the rabbi’s house. It is a place of unpretentious warmth, of joyful simplicity, a gathering place in simcha (joy) and sorrow, laughter and tears, pulsating with life, a place of fervent prayer and learning, engagement of people with one another, with God and with one’s own soul.

Nehar Shalom was founded to be a participatory, non-judgmental community where all are welcome, where anyone seeking to learn about Judaism, whatever their previous experience or knowledge, can ask questions and wrestle with our tradition. We affirm that every person has something to learn and to teach, and strive to create opportunities for everyone to do both.  Nehar Shalom has always been committed to social, racial, and economic justice.  We continue to work together to understand how to be good neighbors, building relationships and seeking justice in Jamica Plain, in Greater Boston, in Massachusetts, in the United States

and in the world.

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Nehar Shalom was founded to be a participatory, non-judgmental community where all are welcome, where anyone seeking to learn about Judaism, whatever their previous experience or knowledge, can ask questions and wrestle with our tradition. We affirm that every person has something to learn and to teach, and strive to create opportunities for everyone to do both.  Nehar Shalom has always been committed to social, racial, and economic justice.  We continue to work together to understand how to be good neighbors, building relationships and seeking justice in Jamica Plain, in Greater Boston, in Massachusetts, in the United States

and in the world.