Temple Beth Shalom

21 East Foster Street, Melrose, MA (781) 665-4520

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Temple Talks

Over the next few months, TBS will embark on a series of community-based conversations—Temple Talks— to assess our goals, strengths, challenges and opportunities.  We have named this process Habonim (הַבּוֹנִים): The Builders. As a Habonim logo - blue/yellow bricks in circlecommunity, we will build the future of TBS by determining what we want our congregation to be. We will use what we learn from our Temple Talks to identify and implement priorities for the next three to five years.  

As we begin this process, one may ask why are we embarking on it now?  Aside from taking time to get to know one another (we have many new members!) and build community, the Temple Talks come at an important juncture in our congregational life. As Rabbi Fertig has announced his retirement at the end of July 2019, this is a logical time to think about who we are, where we have been, and how we envision our future as a congregation.

We have scheduled seven Temple Talks in February and March, which will be hosted and facilitated by TBS members. You may sign up to attend a Talk by clicking on the button below or by emailing Linda Apple and Alison Mehlman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or respond to a postcard that you will receive in the mail.

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We strongly encourage every member to participate in this building process.  The more we work together, the brighter our future looks. If you have questions, please contact a member of the Habonim steering committee. We look forward to seeing you at a Temple Talk soon!

Steering Committee:

  • Linda Apple
  • Alison Mehlman
  • Aaron Beitman
  • Serena Brown
  • Paula Emelock
  • Jeff Garfinkle
  • Rob Gati
  • Emily Levine
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