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Who's Leading Services This Shabbat?

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek meets weekly for Shabbat morning services from 9:45am to noon, in our prayer space at 60 Highland Street.

Saturday, December 21

Shabbat Vayeshev with Dr. Judith Kates

Dr. Judith Kates will join us for Shabbat Vayeshev, and share a d’var torah titled “The Torah’s Thriller: The Story of Tamar and Yehudah.”

Dr. Judith Kates is a recently retired member of the founding faculty of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, who has taught Tanakh and Jewish exegetical traditions at the College and in many programs of adult learning. She co-edited (with Gail Twersky Reimer) Reading Ruth: Contemporary Women Reclaim a Sacred Story and Beginning Anew: A Woman’s Companion to the High Holy Days.

Saturday, December 28

Please join CDT members Miriam Bronstein and Elaine Pollack, who will be leading Shabbat morning services. Your voice and presence is much appreciated!

Saturday, January 4

Shabbat Vayigash with CDT members Laurie Goldman and Cindy Rivka Marshall 

Please join CDT members Rachel Adler-Golden and Michael Feldstein, who will be leading Shabbat morning services, and Laurie Goldman, who will be the gabbai rishon. Cindy Rivka Marshall and Laurie Goldman will give the d'var Torah.

CDT members Cindy Rivka Marshall, a professional storyteller, and Laurie Goldman, an expressive Torah chanter, have developed a unique, innovative, interactive approach to bringing Torah to life. Midrashic storytelling in English is interspersed into the chanting of the Hebrew verses. Congregants are invited into the process of midrashic storytelling, exploring the viewpoints of the characters in this dramatic Torah story of the reunion of Joseph and his brothers. 

Cindy Rivka Marshall is an award-winning professional storyteller, workshop facilitator and story coach. She trains educators and leaders in effective story eliciting and crafting, and consults on story-based learning and community building in congregational settings. Her Story Arc blog explores the use of stories to “reach, teach and change.” Cindy is a frequently invited presenter at conferences, including Limmud UK; her stories were published in “Mitzvah Stories” and “New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family.” She is the co-chair of the Jewish Storytelling Coalition. 

Laurie Goldman, Ph.D. pays close attention to the power of stories as a teacher of social change agents, researcher, organizational consultant, community activist, and Torah learner and leyner. She teaches in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University and is a CDT member. 

Saturday, January 11

Shabbat Vayechi with Rabbi Laura Bellows

Rabbi Bellows is the Director of Prozdor and Youth Programs at Hebrew College. She is a passionate educator, community builder, soferet (scribe), and artist focusing on the intersection of Torah, gender, and environmental and climate justice issues. Before returning to Hebrew College, where she received rabbinic ordination, she led the BIMA and Genesis programs at Brandeis University and pioneered congregational learning at the Teva Learning Alliance (now Hazon). She is an active member of the Havurah Movement, Let My People Sing, and has taught, drashed, officiated, and repaired Torahs in communities across the country. She had the gift of helping lead the first years of Got Shabbat at CDT and is thrilled to be back for Shabbat!


Saturday, January 18

GOT SHABBAT? The Connection Between the Climate Crisis, Migration and Racial Equity
With Rabbi Shoshana Friedman

Read Rabbi Shoshana Friedman's d'var here

We welcome Rabbi Shoshana Friedman for our all-ages Shabbat experience, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   Rabbi Shoshana will be leading morning songs and blessings, including music of the Civil Rights movement, beginning at 9:45am, and sharing about her work for climate justice.

Rabbi Friedman is known for her uplifting and musical prayer services, her emotionally resonant teachings based in Jewish text and tradition, and her commitment to climate action and social justice. She currently serves as the Director of Professional Development at Hebrew College, in Newton, MA, where she works with rabbinical and cantorial students, and teaches on spirituality & social justice. Rabbi Shoshana was ordained by Hebrew College, and is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, JOIN For Justice, and Oberlin College of Arts & Sciences where she was also a Henry David Thoreau Scholar. 

Saturday, January 25

Shabbat Va’era with Dr. Lawrence Rosenwald

Larry Rosenwald will join us for Shabbat Va’era and share a d’var Torah titled “Some Thoughts about Names and The Name.”  Dr. Rosenwald is the Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of English at Wellesley College, where he has been teaching since 1980. Among his chief current scholarly interests are pacifist criticism, translation and multilingualism, and words and music. He has published translations from French, German, and Yiddish, and written and performed verse narratives for some fifty works of early music theater. Since 2003 he has been a member of Havurat Shalom in Somerville, and is working on the translation of that congregation's new siddur.

Read his D'var Torah

February 1, 2020               Shabbat Bo

Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman will lead us in Shabbat morning services and Torah study.


We will also be welcoming Rosanne Levine (cousin of Karen Arnold!) who along with her family are devoted members of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Rosanne has been traveling the country as an ambassador and will speak about the experience of her community and her ensuing activism around gun control.



February 8, 2020                  Shabbat Shirah

How Chanting the Bible Explains the text (Cantillation in a Nutshell)


Cantor Louise Treitman served Temple Beth David in Westwood, MA for twenty years and is honored to be their Cantor Emerita. Connected to Hebrew College since the 1980s, she now serves as Senior Advisor to the SJM, and teaches and coaches there. She is the High Holy Day Cantor at Beth Hillel Roma, a Progressive congregation in Rome, Italy. With degrees from Wellesley College and the New England Conservatory of Music, she received her Certification as an Invested Cantor through Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She looks forward to sharing Shabbat Shirah – The Sabbath of Song – with all of you.



February 15, 2020       Shabbat Yitro

Join us for Shabbat morning services and Torah discussion.



February 22, 2020                  Shabbat Mishpatim


Rabbi Jordan Schuster teaches Jewish mysticism, Mishna and Tanakh at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Before moving to Boston, he taught Yiddish literature and language at Columbia University in New York, studied psychoanalysis and queer theory in San Francisco, and tended the gardens and greenhouses of a small local grocery store in southeastern Wisconsin. He is delighted to spend time with the Dorshei Tzedek community again!


February 29, 2020       Shabbat Terumah

Rabbi Shahar Colt will lead us in Shabbat morning services and Torah study.



March 7 , 2020        Shabbat Tetzaveh

From Priests to Maskilim--What Does Dress Matter?

Wed, April 1 2020 7 Nisan 5780