The Adams Street Shul

Congregation Agudas Achim Anshei Sfard

You can make reservations online now.

WeinbergRabbi-150x200The Adams Street Shul opened with great fanfare during Chanukah of 1912.  One hundred years later, to the very day, on December 15th, the eighth night of Chanukah, we will celebrate our past and future together! 

1912 Poster for the Opening Day CelebrationThe celebration includes include a Torah procession (as at the opening 100 years ago), live klezmer music, a Chanukah candle-lighting, and the speakers so far include: 

Barry Shrage of CJP, who will speak of the importance of Adams Street to the broader Jewish community; and historian Ellen Smith, who will speak on the history of the Shul in the context of Newton and Boston Jewish history; and of course an address by our own Rabbi Norbert Weinberg.


The event begins at 7:00 PM.  Advance reservations are required. 

Rededicate our historic synagogue, and celebrate the ongoing reJEWvenation of the Nonantum Jewish community.  You can make reservations online, using the order form below.

Smith Ellen Historian Adams Street Shul Centennial Professor Ellen Smith is a principal of Museumsmith, a firm specializing in museum exhibitions and historic site interpretations throughout the nation. She is a former curator of the American Jewish Historical Society and the National Museum of American Jewish History. Trained as both an academic historian and a museum curator, Smith has published more than three-dozen books, articles and catalogs including "The Jews of Boston, which she co-edited with Jonathan Sarna. 

A popular speaker locally and throughout the country, Smith sits on numerous academic and civic advisory boards, and is past president of Boston's Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center.  Ellen Smith is also director of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, where she is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Near East and Judaic Studies, and co-directs advanced training programs at Brandeis for Jewish professionals and organizations.

ShrageBarryBarry Shrage has served as president of CJP—Boston’s Jewish Federation—since 1987. Under Barry’s leadership, CJP is focused on three priorities: Jewish education and engaging future generations, strengthening our connection to Israel through community-to-community and people-to-people partnerships, and creating a caring community. He champions true partnerships between CJP, donors and recipient organizations. 

Barry has been instrumental in the creation of several cutting-edge programs, pioneered in Boston and later replicated nationwide, as well as the Boston-Haifa Connection, Taglit-Birthright Israel,  Me'ah, and Boston’s Peerless Excellence and Affordability projects for Jewish day schools. 

After graduating from City College of New York, Barry earned a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. He and his wife Ellie live in Newton, where they raised their two children.


Centennial Celebration!

Sunday, December 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM

(@ $54 per person)
Enter # of guests:
I would like to make a contribution to celebrate the Centennial of the Adams Street Shul, which will be listed in the December 2012 Centennial Event Program.
President's Circle * >$1000
Benefactor * $500 to $999
Patron *
$250 to $499
* includes two reservations                                                                   
$125 to $249
$75 to $124
$50 to $75
other donation
your support is welcomed
When you make your payment, please include your greeting or other message that you would like included in the Event Program.

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. 

For a quick overview of what's going on, visit our News page and our Calendar.

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, October 27, is at 5:27 pm.    Shabbat concludes at 6:25 pm on Saturday, October 28.  

Torah Portion

This Saturday is Shabbat Lech L'cha.  
(The Torah Reading is Bereishit 12:1-17:27;   and the Haftarah is Isaiah 40:27-41:16.)

Minyan Schedule

for the weekend of 10/20-22:

Friday Mincha 5:30 pm
Saturday Shacharit 9:00 am
  Mincha 5:15 pm
Sunday Shacharit 8:00 am