The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts is an organization devoted to promoting understanding, dialogue, and collaboration among the Jewish community of Massachusetts. The Council represents Conservative, Orthodox, Reform, Reconstructionist, and independent congregations throughout the state. Founded in 1941 as the Associated Synagogues of Greater Boston for the purpose of “speaking and acting unitedly so that we might further such Jewish religious interests as our constituent Synagogues have in common,” the organization reorganized in 1982, becoming the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts.
This collection, approximately 100 boxes in total, has been divided into 5 series: 1) Internal Proceedings and Finances, which includes correspondence, meeting minutes, financial documents, fundraising efforts, and its relationship with other Jewish organizations, such as the Combined Jewish Philanthropies; 2) Activities, which contains various materials related to events and projects the Council sponsored, including conferences and seminars, study groups, outreach to young adults, volunteer opportunities, and aid to Soviet Jewish immigrants; 3) Massachusetts Board of Rabbis (MBR), which includes correspondence, meeting minutes and reports for the many committees the MBR was a part of, membership information, and materials for projects the MBR sponsored or was involved in; 4) Rabbinical Association (RA), the bulk of which consists of correspondence between the early presidents of the RA and many prominent community leaders and clergy, it also has items pertaining to the numerous programs the RA either initiated or participated in; and 5) Publications and Publicity, which includes directories, newsletters, and newspaper clippings documenting the Synagogue Council’s undertakings.
About 75% of the collection has currently been processed. In the next month, processing will be complete and a finding aid will be started.