Purim Study Session with Reb Rachmieln Langer


Join a Purim Study Session with Reb Rachmiel. A bit of Hebrew word-play suggests that Yom Kippurim—The Day of Atonements can also be read as Yom K’Purim—a day like Purim. The same midrash teaches that in the future, the observance of Yom Kippur will be as joyful as Purim. No previous knowledge of Hebrew or Torah is required. We will engage the text together and uncover the sacred story between and among us.

Sunday, Mar 8, 2020,  5:00-6:30 pm

The cost is $34 for non-members. 10% discount for couples. Please contact: Rosalie@KeremShalom.org for more information.

Purim Party & Megillah on the Roof Purimspiel – PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED



Please join us at Kerem Shalom's annual adult Purim Party and Megillah on the Roof Purimspiel on Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 7-10 pm, featuring members of the Kerem Shalom Drama Club. The evening celebration will feature music provided by DJ/Phil Cohen Productions, Dancing, Wine, and Middle Eastern food! Costumes optional!

R.S.V.P. by 3/8/20 to ksadmin@keremshalom.org

Kerem Shalom’s Family Purim Celebration

Join in the fun at Kerem Shalom’s Family Purim Celebration on Sunday, March 8, 2020, from 10:30 am to noon! The celebration is designed especially for families with children in Pre-K and elementary school. 

The fun begins at 10:30 with a Purim Sing-along led by Rabbi Darby Leigh and  Family Educator Nancy Kaplan. Kerem Shalom's B'nai Mitzvah students will then present a Purimspiel (Purim play) followed by a costume parade and Purim Carnival. Kids will enjoy a giant bouncy house, face painting, games and crafts, and hamantaschen and other treats. Tickets are 4 for $1 and $5 enables children to participate in all activities. 

To fulfill the Purim mitzvah of feeding the hungry, Kerem Shalom is holding a collection at the carnival to cover the costs of donating gift bags filled with hamantaschen to Open Table.

Please call 978-369-1223 for further information.

Rabbi Darby Leigh: From Author to ASL Chorus Conductor

Rabbi Darby Leigh was featured in the Concord Journal's February 17, 2020, issue in an article highlighting his contribution to Deaf Identities —Exploring New Frontier and his role in bringing ASL classes and an ASL chorus to Kerem Shalom.

From the Journal:

Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm St., Concord announced that the congregation’s rabbi, Darby Leigh, of Newton, is the second author of the chapter, “Religion and Deaf Identities” in the newly released book “Deaf Identities — Exploring New Frontier.”

The book by Irene Leigh, Leigh’s mother, and Catherine O’Brien, offers an academic, multicultural perspective on deaf identities and experiences.

Rabbi Leigh is one of few deaf rabbis in the world. As an expert in Torah, who has travelled extensively teaching Torah analysis, he could offer the full analysis of moving in deaf and non-deaf religious worlds. . . .

Read the full article here!

The Modern Jewish Experience Through the Lens of Short Stories, with Dr. Jacob Meskin


Please join us!

Tuesdays: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

February 25; March 3, 17, 24, 31; April 7

We will use our six sessions to explore what we can learn about the experiences of modern Jews by reading unusually compelling short stories.  The authors are outstanding Jewish writers living in America, Canada, England, the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, and Poland, whose stories were published from roughly the 1950's right up until today. These moving stories focus especially on issues of memory, identity, gender, relationships (both romantic and familial), and the role of Jewish religious tradition in the modern world. Our authors will include: Cynthia Ozick, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Franz Kafka, Nessa Rappaport, Sholem Asch, Naomi Alderman, Lynn Sharon Schwartz, Bernard Malamud, Ayelet Tsabari, Nathan Englander, Philip Roth, Dara Horn, and Blume Lempel.  

Register via email to Rosalie@KeremShalom.org

$180 for KS members:  $270 for non-KS members

Send payment to Kerem Shalom, P.O. Box 1646 Concord, MA 01742, ATTN: Rosalie

Kerem Shalom Celebrates 30th Birthday



To commemorate Kerem Shalom’s 30th birthday, festivities began with a special shabbat service honoring founding families on February 7, 2020.  Former Board presidents Cherry Muse and Lloyd Simon and Board president Elisabeth Sackton shared memories on the history and growth of the synagogue and thanked founding families for the role they have played in Kerem Shalom’s success. Congregants were treated to a presentation by the Kerem Shalom ASL choir, directed by Rabbi Darby Leigh, and the service was followed by a festive “oneg” celebration. 

The following evening, a reception was held for the community featuring music by Acton Music Project, dancing, and raffle prizes. Former President, David Orlinoff served as master of ceremonies and invited others to come to the microphone to share their thoughts and memories.

Those who were so moved included  former Board presidents, Susan Markson, Paul Waldeck, Marty Plotkin, and Amir Viskin; capital campaign chair Neil Markson; and other members of the congregation. Cantor Rosalie Gerut moved the crowd with a beautiful song she had written for Kerem Shalom’s building dedication. A slideshow with photos from the building’s dedication took celebrants down memory lane over the past three decades of the congregation’s history. The community enjoyed appetizers and desserts prepared by the Kerem Shalom Volunteer Catering Crew, with delicious additions from donors. 

Kerem Shalom thanks the following sponsors for making the 30th celebration so special: Dee Funeral Home, Barrett Sotheby's International Realty, Welsh & Parker Insurance, and Beckwith & Brown Accountants; raffle prize donors Barrett Sotheby's International Realty, Papa Razzi, Chang An, and Idylwilde Farms; and contributors Acton Music Project, Bakers' Best Catering, Concord Teacakes, Debra's Natural Gourmet, Verrill Farm, and Via Lago, Lexington.

Read about Kerem Shalom's 30th birthday celebration in the Concord Journal!

Kerem Shalom Shabbaton


Join us for a Kerem Shalom Shabbaton on February 28 & 29, 2020!

The Rabbis of the Talmud taught that when the month of Adar begins, joy should increase, and so. . . the Kerem Shalom community will joyfully celebrate the first Shabbat of Adar together!

Friday, Feb. 28, 7:30 pm: Cheryl Steinberg, Scott Sancetta, and Rabbi Darby will lead a meditative Shabbat service, open to all.

Saturday, February 29, 10 am: Rabbi Darby and Rosalie will lead an interactive, conversational Shabbat morning service. We will be delighted to welcome Wendy Humphreys to the Bima to lend her beautiful voice to help lead Shabbat morning prayers!

Kiddush lunch to follow hosted by the Torah Conversations Group.
R.S.V.P will be appreciated by Thursday 2/27 to ksadmin@keremshalom.org.

Saturday, February 29, 7 pm: Havdalah service followed by screening of A Place for All, with closed captions, as the closure to our KS Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month events.
Followed by community conversation with Rabbi Darby, who is featured in this film. See also the links for more about A Place for All and JDAIM.