Temple Ohabei Shalom is a Jewish synagogue that’s progressive in attitude but traditional in practice. They recently celebrated their 180th anniversary, making them the oldest congregation in the state and the second oldest in New England. This season, this historic venue is hosting a series of magical Candlelight concerts that pay homage to music’s contemporary icons as well as the pioneers of yesteryear.
Located in Brookline, near Boston, it is within walking distance of Fenway Park and the Museum of Fine Arts. You can take the 39, 66 and CT2 buses to get here, or hop on the Green Line C.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about Temple Ohabei Shalom
1. They’ve always lent a helping hand
On New Year’s Eve in 1961, a fire broke out on Harvard Street and left First Presbyterian Church in ashes. The church was completely destroyed, and the congregation had nowhere to worship. Temple Ohabei Shalom opened their doors to members of the church soon after the burning of its structure.
2. They lead a progressive example
The temple is fueled by the mission to be an inclusive space that’s open to all. In 2004, they performed the first same sex Jewish ceremony in Massachusetts, and they pride themselves on being “progressive in attitude yet traditional in practice.”
3. Humble beginnings
Before it underwent multiple renovations, the synagogue was first constructed with wood in 1857. The two story building could seat up to 400 people and even had space for a Hebrew School.
Find your seat at one of the mesmerizing performances illuminating this intimate setting and reintroduce yourself to some of your favorite music. From Hans Zimmer and Pink Floyd to Vivaldi and Coldplay, classically trained musicians reimagine popular songs by contemporary artists and timeless composers. Bathed in the glow of thousands of flickering candles, you can unwind to the lyrical sounds of classical music and take in the venue’s stunning interior.
What else can you do at Temple Ohabei Shalom?
First and foremost, the venue is a historic synagogue serving hundreds in the community every week. The building includes a large school, a spacious auditorium, a library and a reading room, making it the perfect place for worship.
Although enjoying a live music performance at this incredible venue is hard to beat, Candlelight also takes place at other magnificent spaces around Boston. Go solo or invite your friends or family along for a memorable evening out thanks to Candlelight, the power of candles and awe-inspiring musicians.