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Welcome to Shir Tikvah

Hello and welcome!

These days there are many ways to participate in Jewish life—so we're really happy that you've found us. Shir Tikvah welcomes everyone who wants to explore how to create a meaningful and joyous Jewish experience—for themselves and for their children—within a community of belonging built on the relationships we form with each other. "Official" member or not, we invite you to start getting involved in our community.

Who we are

Temple Shir Tikvah is a warm, inclusive Reform Jewish community. We weave meaningful connections through learning, ritual, joyful singing, and social justice.  We invite you to bring your whole self, and join us as we grow relationships, find sacredness, and work together to heal the world.

Shir Tikvah is a Reform congregation with about 380 family and single households. We're an informal, down-to-earth group of people with diverse backgrounds, personal histories, opinions, and interests. Our temple building is in Winchester where many members live, but most people come from surrounding towns—predominately Arlington and Lexington—but also Cambridge, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Somerville, Wakefield, and Watertown. In all likelihood there's already a Shir Tikvah contingent in your neighborhood. 

We cover the spectrum of religious orientations: secular Jews and deeply observant ones; believers, agnostics, and atheists; traditionalists and innovators. Whether you're Jewish by birth, Jewish by chosen identity, or not Jewish at all, everyone is on the same footing. We don't keep track, but we estimate that at least forty percent of Shir Tikvah families are interfaith, which means if you celebrate both Hannukah and Christmas, Passover and Easter, you will feel comfortable here. At Shir Tikvah, everyone in your family is welcomed and valued, which means full inclusion in all facets of temple life. Period. 

We're a multi-generational community, and our spiritual, educational, cultural, social, and social action programming reflects that, although it's also very important to us that we don't segregate along age lines. To that end, we've developed an innovative family education program where members at different ages and stages of life find common ground in shared community activities. Our Learning Corps offers a fun and participatory Jewish education for children in grades Pre-K to 7, activities for teens, and programming for the very young and their parents, including Tot Shabbat. For adults, we offer a compelling range of educational opportunities, driven by member initiatives and Rabbi Cari's energy and commitment to widening the circle of learning. 

Bottom line? We're here because we want to create an authentic Jewish life that works, and you need a community for that. We find it at Shir Tikvah and hope that you will too. 

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