Temple Beth Shalom, also known as the Tremont Street Shul, is a warm, friendly, traditional Jewish synagogue located near the center of Cambridge, Massachusetts. We embrace a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, and styles of worship. On Shabbat evening and morning we have two styles of services. Shabbat morning services are followed by a sit down Kiddush lunch at which everyone is welcome.

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 Professional Development Director Update

Dear Friends,

 I hope this letter finds you and your families well.  I am excited to announce that we are ready to welcome our final candidates for our newly formed position of Director of Community Development.   It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you the candidates and the dates that they will be with our community:

February 17-18th we welcome Elie Lehmann

February 24-25th we welcome Sarah Mulhern,

March 3rd-4th we welcome Bracha Jaffe .   

Our weekends will begin Friday night with partnership davening at 5:30pm.  Following davening there will be time for schmoozing on an informal basis.    The candidates will have Shabbos dinner with the search committee and a selection of community members.   

Shabbos morning the candidates will return to shul, attend services, and at lunch will give a dvar Torah or teach a shiur depending on their preference.  Following lunch there will be additional time with each candidate.

Shabbos afternoon we will return to shul at 5:15pm for Shalosh Seudos and will have more time to schmooze and interact with the candidates.  

This position, as approved by the board, came to fruition from the feedback received by the TBS community and has been a work in progress since our initial long term planning project launched in 2013.   

Some of the key tasks that this person will be responsible for include: program development, publicity, fundraising, logistics coordination, helping to work with and assist volunteers, and connect with other Jewish and secular groups throughout Cambridge and the greater Boston area.  They also include strengthening our current membership and bringing in new members.

To date we have had eighteen applicants apply for this position.  After a careful and thorough screening process, we have invited three of our final candidates to come and visit our shul community and spend a Shabbos with us.  Each of the weekends will follow the same format in order to allow both the community and the candidates to become familiar with one another.

After each candidate has had a chance to visit the shul our search committee will make their hiring recommendations to the board.    We are also encouraging the community to send feedback to or you may contact Peter Squires or me directly.

I want to thank everyone in advance for their commitment to the Tremont Street Shul and look forward to seeing everyone this Shabbos.   


Josef Messer                                                                                     
Peter Squires

President, Tremont Street Shul                                                    Search Committee, Chair

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