Welcome to Kerem Shalom – Vineyard of Peace


Kerem Shalom is a diverse and welcoming, unaffiliated Jewish community located in historic Concord, Massachusetts. With many interfaith families, Kerem Shalom is a vibrant, supportive home for Jews by birth, Jews by choice, and ohavey Yisrael – those who are not Jewish, but love the Jewish people and support the Jewish choices of their families. We are strengthened by our shared heritage and the diversity of backgrounds, family composition, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, race and economic status. All are welcome! Contact us.

Israel Conversations – 6th Conversation, Sunday, May 31, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm – Topic: “Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Judgment, facilitated by Daniel Terris. These sessions are for Members Only. To access materials, use the password sent in the Constant Contact message to all members from KS Social Action or contact the temple. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Click here for details and materials for May 31st.

Announcing the Rabbi Michael Luckens Scholarship winner is Emma Bowe-Shulman. The award will be presented at Shabbat services on May 29, 2015. For details, click here.

From Narrowness to Revelation with Judaic Scholar, Rachmiel Langer, Tuesdays, May 12, 19, 26, 2015; 10:30 a.m.-12:30. For more information, click here.


The Rhythms of Nature, Rhythms of Torah with Rabbi Natan Margalit
Tuesdays 7:30-9:00 PM: May 5, 12, 19, 26. For more information, click here.

What Are Your Hopes For The Next 25 or 30 Years? Wise Aging Program with Judy Elkin, M.Ed., PCC. Introductory Session:  Tuesday, June 2, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, click here.

Registration for THREE Hebrew Learning Programs opens on March 31st. Summer Pizza & Practice, Fall Hebrew School and Holiday Preschool. For more information, click here.

Save the Date! Friday, June 5th. In honor of Pat Lukens, Education Director, we’ll share a Community Dinner, Shabbat Service and Oneg. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m., then service at 7:30, followed by a festive Oneg to honor Pat’s 16 years with Kerem Shalom. For more information, click here.

Mah Jongg Club has started – Monday afternoons, Tuesday evenings. All are welcome–whether you are an experienced player or whether you’ve never played before. Click here for more information.


Spring 2015 Friday night Shabbat Service – Open to the Community!Joyous and musical, our Shabbat services are enjoyed by children and adults. For specific times and types of services, Click here.

Me’Ah
Tuesday mornings 10:30AM-12:30PM
Me’ah is a creative adult learning program developed in partnership by Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Hebrew College. Me’ah offers adults of all ages and backgrounds, a foundation in Jewish culture and civilization.  For more information, click here.

Adult Programs provide a variety of activities, including religious and spiritual education, concerts, health and wellness classes, opportunities for creative self-expression, social action projects, community events and speakers on a wide variety of topics ranging from healthy food to politics. Kerem Shalom is a Me’ah site, where adults study Jewish history, philosophy and culture with outstanding Jewish scholars from around the region. For more information, Click here.

From Narrowness to Revelation

with Judaic Scholar, Rachmiel Langer

The journey from Mitzraim to Sinai is the initial stage of the fundamental Hebrew arc of fulfillment. Torah lays out the process as we cross over from the narrow place of enslavement to the height of the wilderness, where we can hear the divine voice and receive revelation; we transform from slaves to sacred community. The plagues can be understood as the process of altering the consciousness of constraint to becoming a Hebrew – one who crosses over; the dismembering of life in servitude. Counting the Omer, then, is the next step, of remembering ourselves in the divine image; of opening ourselves to new perspective. Then, when we arrive at Sinai we can orient ourselves as a community listening for the sacred; assembling together in divine covenant.  Which aspects of this journey we focus on – plagues, omer, revelation – can be adjusted according to class interest.

Three classes: Tuesdays, May 12, 19, 26, 2015; 10:30 AM -12:30 PM;

$60 KS members; $90 non-members

RSVP: rosalieatkeremshalomdotorg

“On The Way To Sinai” artwork by Israeli artist Yoram Raanan