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Tisha B'Av D'rashOf course, one of the major themes for the four Fasts is that of mourning.  Our souls cry out against the many unjust and horrific crimes against our people.  We are repelled by the fact that our tiny people has given so much to the world and has been treated so cruelly in response.

But there is more.  Our fasting is a fervent prayer that these injustices will soon become a thing of the past.  We yearn for the day that the cruelty of mankind will give way to justice and love and that their "swords will be turned into plough-shares."

Finally, and perhaps the most important aspect of fasting on all our fast days, is the

crucial need for Teshuvah... for repentance.  The second Holy Temple was destroyed because our people had descended to the depth is sinat chinam... senseless and unreasonable hatred.  Tragically, we are suffering seriously from this malady today.  Jewish organizations, rabbis, cultural groups (religious, secular, sefardi, ashkenazi, etc.) often feel superior and hold all others in contempt.

I believe that we should focus on this shortcoming tomorrow and on all future fast days.  Above all, we should never forget the huge power of the individual.  What you and I do does make a difference.

May we have an easy and meaningful Fast and may we soon behold the rebuilding of our Holy Temple and ultimate peace upon mankind.

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 Norbert Weinberg


The Adams Street Shul

(617) 630-0226


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


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High Holidays Schedule

Join us for the High Holi­days!

Click here for the High Holi­day sche­dule.  There is no reser­va­tion nor charge for High Holi­day seats, but donations are welcome.

Click here for the Sukkot Schedule.

Shabbat Times

Candle-Lighting in Nonantum for Friday, September 4, is at 6:56 pm.    Shabbat concludes at 7:55 pm on Saturday, September 5.  

Torah Portion

This Saturday is Shabbat Ki Tavo.  
(The Torah Reading is Devarim 26:1-29:8;   and the Haftarah is Isaiah 60:1-22.)

Minyan Schedule

for the weekend of 6/4-6/6:

Friday   Minchah: 7:00 PM
Saturday Shacharit: 9:00 AM
  Minchah: 6:45 PM
Sunday Shacharit: 8:00 AM

Today's Local Zmanim

Monday, August 31, 2015
16 Elul 5775
for 168 Adams St., Newton MA
Alot: 4:39 am
Mishekayir: 5:07 am
Sunrise: 6:08 am
Kriat Shema (M"A): 8:50 am
Kriat Shema (Gr"A): 9:26 am
Latest Tefilah: 10:32 am
Chatzot: 12:44 pm
Mincha Gedolah: 1:17 pm
Mincha Ketanah: 4:35 pm
Plag HaMincha: 5:58 pm
Sunset: 7:21 pm
Tzeit Ha-Kochavim: 8:04 pm

Upcoming Educational Events

Thursday, Sep 3 @ 8:30 pm
Parsha Shiur

Class led by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe (at Yury's Piano Shop, 339 Watertown Street)
Saturday, Sep 5 @ 10:00 am
Children's Shabbat Program

Led by Chanie Yaffe.