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At TBA, we love to gather – whether it is in a one on one conversation, a small group activity, an online learning program, or a community wide event. For those of you who are new to our community, welcome! We are so excited to have you as part of our TBA family. For our returning members, thank you for continuing to be an integral part of the TBA family. Included here are many of the activities and initiatives we have planned for this year, but we hope to hear from you about what you are interested in. We look forward to connecting with you this year. More information will be shared for all programs and events in our weekly TBA Tuesday email.

Special Shabbat Services

Shabbat is a weekly time for connection and community. Whether you join us every week or just once, you are always welcome.  Most Shabbat services are both in person and
online and take place at 6:15 p.m. Check out our special Shabbat series below: 

  • Rock Shabbat: New rock music infused Shabbat featuring TBA musicians! 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 2/9, 3/15 &  5/17

  • Jazz Shabbat: We’re back with our trio: Jamie Saltman, Todd Baker, and Jerzy Glod. 11/3, 12/1, 2/2, 3/1 & 5/3

  • Family Shabbat: For families with young children (10/13, 12/15 & 4/26 at 5 p.m.), Havdalah on 2/10 at 4 p.m., Families with elementary age children 4/26 at 6:15 p.m. 

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TBA Cares: Our Chesed Community

TBA Cares is an initiative focused on ensuring that all members feel a part of the community and have the support they need.  With the foundations of the Jewish value of chesed (compassion, kindness and connection), we are dedicated to being a source of strength and support for our members in all stages of life. Whether you are marking a milestone moment or facing a difficult challenge, Temple Beth Avodah is a place where you can find a compassionate and caring community to help navigate life’s journey. We’re here for you...

  • Encountering Illness or Surgery

  • Supporting Mental Health

  • Experiencing Loss

  • Welcoming a New Child

  • Facing Parenting Challenges

  • Caring for Aging Parents

  • Providing Senior Connections

  • Transitioning to an Empty Nest

  • Experiencing Domestic Violence 

We believe that by standing together, we can uplift and inspire one another, and create a truly meaningful and fulfilling communal experience. 

We need you! Would you like to join the TBA Cares Team and volunteer in one of our initiatives? Join us at our opening brunch on October 1 at 11:15 a.m. Are you in need of support or do you know someone who is? Let us know via email at, we’re here to help.  

We strive to be a place for learning, celebrating, connecting, and meaning for people of all ages and stages! 

Holiday Happenings

Fall Holidays 

  • Sukkah Building: Immediately following Yom Kippur it’s time to build our Sukkah. Join us for this outdoor fun activity – dinner and drinks will be provided! September 27 at 5:30 p.m.  

  • Erev Sukkot: Weather permitting, we’ll celebrate Shabbat and Sukkot outside in our Sukkah under the stars. September 29 at 6:15 p.m. 

  • Erev Simchat Torah: Its a double mitzvah! Celebrate the joy and beauty of our tradition by taking a dive into the Torah on Simchat Torah and Shabbat! October 6 at 6:15 p.m.  


  • Jewish Arts Collaborative Communal Celebration at the MFA: TBA is proud to be a co-sponsor for this event. Join the entire Boston Jewish community for the 1st night of Hanukkah, December 7 

  • Hanukkah Shabbat Service and Dinner – all ages welcome! December 8 at 6:15 p.m. 

  • Comedy Night with Antonia Lassar: TBA Alum and Jewish comedian and activist Antonia Lassar is coming home to celebrate Hanukkah with TBA for an adult comedy night, December 9 at 7 p.m.  

  • Annual Women’s Hanukkah Party, December 12 at 7 p.m. 

  • Pre-K –Grade 5 Family Hanukkah Activities, December 10 at 9:30 a.m. 

  • Senior (70+) Hanukkah Lunch December 11 at 12 p.m.  


  • Erev Purim Party (21+), March 23

  • Purim Carnival, March 24 


  • Second Night Community Seder, April 23 

Kids & Families

BAYGL:  Youth group events for grade 3-12. Keep your eye out for dates and event activities.  

Playdates for Families with Young Children: Teen interns will play with our kids (birth-grade 2) while parents can shmooze and enjoy time together.  

Parent Experiences: Opening day (10/1), Grade 3 (10/29), Grade 4 (11/19), Grade 6 (10/23), Middle School Parents Nights (11/27 & 4/1), Parents of Teens (10/30 & 3/4) 

Family Programs: Pre-K - Gr 2 Naming Program (11/5), Hanukkah Family Program (12/10), Grade 5 Step Up Day (2/26), Purim Family Program (3/24), and Fun Fair (5/5)

Trips & Retreats: Stay tuned for more info soon about middle & high school trips and retreats!

 See emails from our education team for detailed information.


Join a Small Group

  • Knitting Club (meets most Sunday mornings) 

  • Game Nights (meets 1-2 times a month on Monday evenings) 

  • Garden Club (meets once a month late Sunday mornings) 

  • Senior (70+) Lunches (10/4, 12/11, 3/19, 5/29)

  • Shir Harmony: Grade 7 - Adult Choir (meets 5-6 weeks leading up to music services/events) 

  • Shir Joy: Grades 1 - 6 Choir (meets 1-2 times a month on Sunday mornings after school) 

  • Men’s Shul Softball Team 

Adult Learning

  • Shabbat Service and Dinner with Guest Anna Eisen: Ms. Eisen is the author of Pillar of Salt: A Daughter’s Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust and The 23rd Psalm: A Holocaust Memoir. Join us on October 27 at 6:15 p.m. 

  • Torah Class with Rabbi Stern begins October 1 (weekly) 

  • Text & Values: Contemporary Issues through a Jewish Lens with Text Study and Discussion. Discussions led by Rabbi Stern and/or Rabbi Brown (our intern!), begins October 16 (monthly) 

  • Atideynu: Our Future, Leadership Program. Interested in getting more involved at TBA or in discussing the most pressing issues in American Judaism? Join our leadership program to explore these issues and more, begins in November 29. 

  • Critical Issues in Israel: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow:  To better comprehend the present situation in Israel, we’ll delve into the history that created the current reality. This series will feature expert speakers to facilitate our understanding of these complex issues. More info to come. Online Only. December 13, February 27, March 26, April 24 

  • Women’s Overnight Retreat, March 8 - 9

Social Justice

  • Be the Change: A Public Art and Social Justice Movement. In partnership with Jewish Arts Collaborative, TBA is participating in a social justice themed art initiative that will include visiting an art installation in Boston, an issues based text study, and a communal art project. Visit to the installation will take place on October 15. More to come! 

  • Red Cross Blood Drives December 3 and spring (date tbd)

  • Charlie Kramer: Guest Musician and Inclusion Advocate. Join us for a weekend of music and learning. Charlie will lead us in song and share his story of what living with blindness is truly like – breaking common stereotypes and misconceptions of life with a disability. On Saturday evening, we’ll participate in his Singing in the Dark program that will guide us through deeply feeling challenges in our lives and transforming them into blessings through song and prayer. More info to come! January 26 - 28 

  • JF&CS Family Table: Donate your canned salmon and raisins! Or even better volunteer to do some deliveries for them. Save the date: TBA will be going together on February 4 to help.  

  • Kulanu - Synagogues in Action Against Antisemitism: ADL’s Congregational Engagement Program. In partnership with the ADL, TBA will participate in programs and initiatives with the ADL that are dedicated to empowering congregations to address antisemitism and hate through education, community engagement, and advocacy. We’ll share opportunities within TBA and through the ADL as they arise in the year.  

  • Pride for the People: TBA proudly marches in the Pride Parade every year supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Stay tuned for a date and information this spring.

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