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Welcome to Congregation Beth Elohim —

— an egalitarian, community synagogue located in Acton, Massachusetts. Independent and non-affiliated, we welcome diversity, including individuals and interfaith families, regardless of age, race, gender, economic or family status, ethnic background, mental or physical ability, or sexual orientation. We draw our membership from surrounding towns including Ayer, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, Stow, and Westford. As an oasis of Jewish life far from areas of high Jewish concentration, we embrace a progressive orientation, combining an appreciation for the sanctity of Jewish traditions with a sensitivity to the needs of a population which is religiously diverse. We commit to building and maintaining an anti-racist Jewish community.  We offer a Jewish-themed preschool, and a K–11th grade religious school. If you'd like to learn more about membership, click here.

Around the Shul

Purim Shpiel goes virtual ♦ Saturday, February 27 at 6:45pm and Sunday, February 28 at 10:00am

Join us for the special Saturday evening performance, including a live intro with some of your favorite Shpielers.   Register to receive the ZOOM link and password.  Or join us for the Sunday performance, followed by an online Purim CarnivalClick for more details of our Purim Celebration!

Purim Katan (mini Purim) and Purim Service & Megillah Reading  ♦ Thursday, February 25 ♦ 5:30pm and 6:15pm

All of our youngest children and their grownups are invited to join Purim Katan to sing, dance and celebrate with Rabbi Mike and Beth Goldstein.  Then, all are invited to join us for the Purim Service & Megillah Reading where congregants will join in the reading.  Click for more details of our Purim Celebration!

Lunchtime Talmud with Rabbi Mike ♦ Thursdays in March ♦ 12:00 to 1:00 pm

 We’ll be studying Brachot, which discusses foundational Jewish prayers, such as the Shema and blessings over food, and the idea of intention during prayer.  We will use the new edition from Koren Publishers. Click to register and find options for purchasing this Talmud text.

Cantor Sarra Leads Three Adult Ed Classes ♦ March through June

Find more detail and sign up for these classes: Singing Out of Egypt-Monday, March 22, 7 PM; Laila Tov: Good Night Meditation Circle-Mondays, March 8, April 5, June 7, 7 to 7:30 PM; "Mi Gabor-Who is Strong?": Jewish Meditation and Courageous Living-Mondays, April 26, May 3, May 10 at 7 PM.  For the 3 session classes, you may attend one, two, or all 3 sessions.

Sisterhood Rugelach Baking Workshop ♦ Sunday, March 7 ♦ 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Join our rugelach maven Debbie Heller for an afternoon of baking rugelach and sharing stories. Learn the tricks of rolling out the dough and preparing the cookies. Order your baking kit of dough and your choice of toppings HERE by March 2.

Experimental and Diverse Friday Evening Services ♦ starting February, 2021

All services will have the major components of the Jewish liturgy.  Join us for Music & Movement, Words of the Heart: A (Mostly) English Shabbat Service, Traditional/Egalitarian Hebrew Minyan and our regular Power Hour Shabbat and Tot Shabbat services.  For more detail and schedule of all upcoming services, view our Services page.

Bible & Bourbon ♦ Held Monthly via Zoom

Bible & Bourbon dates are via ZOOM on Sundays at 4:00 pm on February 21, March 14, April 11, and May 23.  Check STAR-Lite for ZOOM information and any change in dates. Join us as Rabbi Mike presents a short text with lots of time to discuss and socialize.

Sisterhood Virtual Mahjong Night ♦ Third Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm

Join Sisterhood for virtual Mahjong!  There is no charge and all are welcome.  Check HERE for all upcoming dates and links to join and play.

Thu, February 25 2021 13 Adar 5781