A wonderful spirit is alive at The Boston Synagogue (also known as the
Charles River Park Synagogue). We are a warm, small, neighborhood shul
(What People Are Saying About Us). The Shul is located
down the street from the TD BankNorth (Boston) Garden and near Mass General Hospital.
Our members and friends come largely from Charles River Park, Back Bay,
Beacon Hill, the North End, the Waterfront, Charlestown and adjacent Cambridge.
There are even some who come from the North and South Shore.
Our 1971 building is an modern achitectural masterpiece that won two design awards. Here is how Robert Campbell described the shul in a 1996 Pulitzer Prize-wining essay: "an architectural gem where a myserious golden light falls into the interior as if coming directly from God." (Boston Courant article). But we've kept up with the times, and are one of the greenest houses of worship in Boston (Creating a Green Shul).
The Boston Synagogue is the only synagogue located in the heart of downtown
with 52-week Shabbat and Holiday services. (History
of the Shul). The Shul's mission is to serve the needs of the diverse body
of Jews living in downtown Boston (Mission Statement).
We are unaffiliated – and the synagogue is trans-denominational egalitarian,
where both women and men are active participants in the service. There
is an openness to all and it’s a place where people across Jewish denominations
can make their own spiritual connections. (So What
Denomination Are You, Anyway?).
The Boston Synagogue is a lay-led congregation.
For rabbinic support, we’ve taken an ensemble approach and have a cadre of ‘regulars,’ who are with us on a periodic basis. They include
Rabbis/interns from Liberal, Conservative and Post-Denominational backgrounds.
(Our Rabbis). Together with lay-leadership we
are finding ways to make prayer and the services more meaningful and participatory.
We’re informal, with a minimum of pomposity. The dress code is optional, within
reasonable, respectable bounds. During the course of the year, most men
don’t wear suits. Some women wear skirts, and others wear pants. We would
rather you come and be comfortable, than have stodgy formality get in
The Shul is the sort of place where everyone knows everyone else and where
people linger over Saturday morning Kiddush to talk. We generally have
one Friday night dinner a month. We’re not
a Bar Mitzvah mill, so when we do have a bar/bat mitzvah (generally a few
times a year), it’s a particularly special community event.
Come and join us. You will find many paths of access to Jewish life.