Temple Hillel B'nai Torah, Boston MA

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Our Synagogue

Temple Hillel B'nai Torah is a Reconstructionist congregation that is welcoming, egalitarian, multicultural, and inclusive. We are devoted to worship, study, social justice and community.

Hillel B'nai Torah is a haimish community that is rooted in Jewish tradition and responsive to the world we live in. We actively engage our members in the creative process of bringing new perspectives to tradition and making tradition meaningful to contemporary lives.

Our rabbi, Barbara Rosman Penzner, brings openness that is derived from a Reconstructionist perspective. She is motivated by a commitment to justice, love of Judaism, and sensitivity to our individual journeys. Our rabbi inspires us to make Judaism an essential part of everyday life.

Our community of about 150 households is made up of individuals, couples and families, children and seniors, multi-racial families, gay and lesbian families, interfaith families, and members of all different Jewish backgrounds. Our members live in West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Newton, Needham, Brookline, and other Greater Boston neighborhoods.

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Our Rabbi

Rabbi Receives Honorary Doctorate

Rabbi Barbara Penzner receives honorary doctorate

"What were you doing twenty-five years ago? What has changed in your life, in your work, in your family over the past twenty-five years?

These important questions prompted my own reflection upon receiving the honorary Doctor of Divinity at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia this past Sunday. When I graduated 25 years ago, there were no honorary DDs. None of our graduates had more than 15 years of experience. That seemed like a very long time then. Now it feels like it passed in a the blink of an eye."  Read more

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