Hebrew School Registration Information & Registration





Kerem Shalom, of Concord, is pleased to announce that registration for 2020-2021 Hebrew School is now open. The innovative once-a-week program is offered tuition-free to members with students in grades one through high school, and Kindergarten and Holiday preschool programs are open to non-members for a nominal fee. 

Whatever the fall brings, Kerem Shalom is excited to welcome students back—whether it be in the classroom, online (as we’ve been this spring), or a blend of both. 

The dynamic Hebrew School program empowers students to find their own paths to authentic relationships with Jewish heritage and identity by connecting youth with one another, the synagogue community, and the world at large, through peer learning; participation in services and community celebrations; and tikkun olam (Social Action) projects within the Greater Boston community. In addition to a robust classroom experience, students enjoy a creative music program, community activities, and celebrations.

This summer, Kerem Shalom looks forward to welcoming Rabbi Sam Pollak as its first Director of Congregational Learning. Pollak, was ordained a rabbi at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and also received a MA in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union, will direct all Hebrew School, youth, and family programs, working with Kerem Shalom’s long-time family educator, Nancy Kaplan. Read more about Rabbi Sam.

For additional information contact eddirector@keremshalom.org or call 978-369-1223 x4. 

Watch a video message from Rabbi Sam, directed to Hebrew School students, HERE.

CLICK HERE for additional Hebrew School and registration information. 

Kerem Shalom Food Insecurity Fund



Kerem Shalom Responds to Food Insecurity

In response to these challenging times, Kerem Shalom has created a Food Insecurity Fund from which donations will be made to both Open Table and Jewish Family & Children's Service Family Table. Our congregation has a longstanding relationship with both organizations, and both are working harder than ever to service their clients.

See below to make a donation.  



Kerem Shalom Welcomes Rabbi Sam Pollak as Director of Congregational Learning



Kerem Shalom is thrilled to announce that Rabbi Sam Pollak has been appointed as Kerem Shalom’s first Director of Congregational Learning.

“I am so excited to welcome Rabbi Sam Pollak to Kerem Shalom this summer as our new Director of Congregational Learning,” exclaims Rabbi Darby Leigh. “I know Rabbi Sam will invigorate the entire community as he brings his love of Torah and of Jewish learning to our Hebrew School students. Rabbi Sam brings joy, warmth, and a love for community. I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome him and to begin this new chapter in Kerem Shalom’s history.”

Board President Elisabeth Sackton adds, “Rabbi Sam will bring a strongly relational approach to Jewish education. He has an infectious enthusiasm and warmth that draws students, parents, and teachers, and he brings a love for Jewish education and community building. Kerem Shalom is fortunate to have Rabbi Sam coming on board to direct our school and to create opportunities for learning for young children, teens, and parents as well as connecting across the congregation to our extensive Adult Programs.”

Sam received a BA in philosophy and comparative religion, at The Ohio State University, where he held leadership positions at Hillel and sang in a Jewish a cappella group. He attended Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he received a MA in Hebrew Letters and was ordained as a rabbi in 2017.

He most recently served for three years as one of the rabbis at The Community Synagogue in Port Washington, New York, where his responsibilities included teaching religious school classes and Torah study; leading early childhood classes; establishing an adult education initiative; creating a group to guide interfaith families; serving on a newly formed inclusion committee; and officiating life cycle events. During his rabbinical studies, Sam worked at a number of small congregations in the Midwest.

He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and will be moving to the Greater Boston area with his husband, Rabbi Ari Abelman, who grew up in Lexington, MA.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Kerem Shalom community, and I am inspired by how the congregation and the Hebrew School emphasize joyful, inclusive Jewish life,” shares Rabbi Sam. “I look forward to meeting everyone and working toward that vision together."


Women’s Spiritual Study & Share with Rosalie



Join our ONLINE Women's Spiritual Study & Share with Rosalie!
Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:00 pm
March 24; April 7 & 21; May 5 & 19
The group is open to KS members, their friends & former Kerem Shalom members.
Free of charge, via Zoom. 
We will read selections from Einstein and the Rabbi by Naomi Levy.
Come join us and deepen your knowledge and your connections with one another.
Contact Rosalie@KeremShalom.org for questions or to sign up.


Join us Online for our Shabbat Services!



In order to protect the health of our congregation, Kerem Shalom services will be held “virtually” until further notice.


Please join us online on Friday evenings for Erev Shabbat services followed by an online Onegwhere we will have an opportunity to casually interact with each other.

How to Connect on Fridays

Service, 7:30 pm; Oneg, approximately 8:30-9:30 pm

CLICK HERE to register in advance for Services and Onegs.  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting via Zoom and phone. 
Erev Shabbat Summer Services will be held on:
June 26 (Led by Rabbi Darby Leigh with Nancy Kaplan & George Peabody); July 10 (Love Songs and Folk Songs for Peace and Justice with Nancy Kaplan & George Peabody); July 24 (with David Orlinoff); August 7 (with Marty Plotkin); August 21 (TBA)


Join us on Saturdays for Shabbat morning services and B'nai Mitzvahs!

How to Connect on Saturdays

Services & B'nai Mitzvahs,  10 am - noon

To connect on your computer or smartphone, CLICK HERE and follow the instructions on your screen.

To listen on your phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and input meeting ID 811 9416 3268.

Enter Password: 051875


For Kerem Shalom's Erev Shabbat Shir Ha-Lev Siddur, CLICK HERE.

For Kerem Shalom's entire Shir Ha Lev prayer book, CLICK HERE.

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Staying Grounded in the Midst of Turbulence – This too shall pass


Path through a forest in springtime

Read Rabbi Darby Leigh's  March 17, 2020, Jewish Boston article on staying grounded during the turbulence created by  COVID-19.


Shabbat Around the Table with Rosalie – March 20, 2020



Join Cantor Rosalie for a Shabbat Around the Table, on Friday, March 20, 2020. In preparation for the Passover, the theme of the dinner is freedom. KS member Jane Appell will introduce a new initiative to help immigrants.


• A selection from Debra’s Natural Gourmet

• Please bring salad (with non-dairy dressing) or dessert (no nuts, peanut oil, pork or shellfish)

R.S.V.P. and payment required

R.S.V.P. required to Rosalie@KeremShalom.org by Monday morning prior to Shabbat.

• Indicate # attending & dietary restriction.

• Let us know if you are able to assist with setup and/or clean up.

Payment: $12/person

• Checks to Kerem Shalom with notation "Shabbat Dinner"

• Place payment in bright yellow envelope in Rosalie’s mail slot at KS

• Or mail to Kerem Shalom, P.O. Box 1646, Concord, MA 01742, Attn. Rosalie

Reggae Shabbat




Please join us on Friday, April 3, 2020, at 7:30 pm for a Reggae Shabbat!

The service, led by Rabbi Leigh and Cantor Rosalie Gerut will feature Kerem Shalom musicians and singers who will infuse traditional liturgy with reggae tunes—as well as some catchy reggae music! Guest composer and arranger David Sparr, Musical Director for Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, will conduct Kerem Shalom musicians and the chorus.

Reggae music focuses on themes of freedom, liberation, and redemption—clear overlaps with the Passover story. As we get ready to celebrate the Jewish exodus from Egypt during Passover, we celebrate with Reggae music, which draws heavily from the Hebrew Bible—and find interesting symbolic and linguistic overlaps between Judaism and Rastafarianism.

Join us for a Shabbat experience you’ll remember!

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.