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Rabbi Eliezer Bercuson teaches Talmud and Jewish Thought in the Middle and Upper Schools of Maimonides School in Brookline.  Prior to moving to the Boston area last summer, he and his wife, Ilana, were the directors of the Orthodox Union's Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) at Princeton University where he led an Orthodox congregation of over 100 students, faculty and local residents, developed educational programming for Princeton students, and provided pastoral and halachic guidance to a diverse Jewish community.

Rabbi Bercuson holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Classics from Carleton University in his wintry hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Rabbi Bercuson spent time in Israel where he studied with and received semicha from Rabbi Shiomo Riskin in Efrat.  He went on to study at and receive semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, where he also earned an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy.  As a rabbinic student, he interned at Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, CT and Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation in Chicago, IL.  Rabbi Bercuson has served as chaplain in the Department of Pastoral Care, St. Luke's Hospital, New York, NY and received certification in Clinical Pastoral Education, Level I.  He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a chaplain candidate, graduating basic officer training school and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in November, 2013.

Ilana Bercuson, a proud native of New Jersey, graduated from the University of Maryland and holds an M.A. in Educational Psychology from Hunter College, CUNY.  The Bercusons' two small children, Dov and Batya, share in their father's loves of ice hockey and distance running, but remain rather perplexed by his affinities for folk music and the French language.

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A Modern Community

We hope you will visit us when you visit Boston. If you live here, we hope you will participate in our educational classes, religious services, and holiday celebrations. 

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A Historic Shul

The Adams Street Shul is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We are now in our second century of service to the Jewish community.

Part of our mission is to preserve and maintain this historic building, with the help of many supportive friends.

Rabbi Mark Glass


The Adams Street Shul

(617) 630-0226


168 Adams Street
P.O. Box 600371
Newton, MA 02460


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Shabbat Times

Candle-Lighting in Nonantum for Friday, September 28, is at 6:14 pm.    Shabbat concludes at 7:12 pm on Saturday, September 29.  

Torah Portion

This Saturday is Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot.  
(The Torah Reading is Shemot 33:12-34:26;   Maftir is Bamidbar 29:26-31;   and the Haftarah is Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
Megillat Kohelet.)