This profile was last updated in 2014
Founded in 1858, Congregation Mishkan Tefila is the oldest Conservative synagogueSynagogue, shul in Yiddish, is the most widely used term for a Jewish house of worship. Meaning a “place of gathering,” it is the central institution of Jewish communal life. The structure and role of synagogues has changed through the centuries, but ... in the Boston area. After having moved several times over the past century and a half, the synagogue has found a comfortable home on 26 acres of land in Newton with five buildings, including a sanctuary, a chapelA chapel is a place of worship, smaller than the sanctuary of a church or synagogue, or in an institutional setting such as a college or hospital., two social halls, a religious school/administrative building, and a nursery/youth center. The congregation has a library and a Judaica museum which houses artifacts the synagogue has been collecting for over 70 years.
In addition to daily, SabbathShabbat or sabbath is the day of rest, the seventh day, recalling the Biblical creation narrative in which God rested from the labors of creation on the seventh day. In the Jewish tradition, the Sabbath begins at sundown on Friday and runs through sundown..., and holiday services, Mishkan Tefila has a religious school, a nursery school, a Brotherhood/Sisterhood, a United Synagogue Youth group, and a wide range of adult education classes.
Activities and Schedule
Friday ShabbatShabbat or sabbath is the day of rest, the seventh day, recalling the Biblical creation narrative in which God rested from the labors of creation on the seventh day. In the Jewish tradition, the Sabbath begins at sundown on Friday and runs through sundown... Service: 6:15 P.M.; Saturday Shabbat Service: 9:30 A.M. and sunset; Weekday MinyanA minyan (plural: minyanim) is the quorum of Jews, traditionally ten adult men, necessary to recite certain prayers.: 7:00 A.M. and P.M.; Sunday Minyan: 8:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.. Please call for holiday services information.