Center Profile

Congregation Mishkan Tefila (2014)

Conservative (Judaism)



"Congregation Mishkan Tefila is an Egalitarian, Conservative synagogue dedicated to imparting Jewish values and traditions from generation to generation. We strive to be a welcoming and caring community guided by the word of God, and are committed to lifelong Jewish learning, religious observance and charitable deeds. We foster spiritual, cultural and social connections with each other, our families, the State of Israel, Jews worldwide and the community of Greater Boston. We measure our success by the degree to which we enhance the Jewish life of our congregants."



Founded in 1858, Congregation Mishkan Tefila is the oldest Conservative synagogue 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 chapel, 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, Sabbath, 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 Shabbat Service: 6:15 P.M.; Saturday Shabbat Service: 9:30 A.M. and sunset; Weekday Minyan: 7:00 A.M. and P.M.; Sunday Minyan: 8:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.. Please call for holiday services information.

Date Center Founded

Religious Leader and Title
Rabbi Leonard Gordon

Lay Leader and Title
Charles R. Diamond, President

900 families