About Central Reform Temple
Our Community and History
Central Reform Temple of Boston, affectionately called CRT, had its beginnings in 2004, out of a recognition that there was a need for a progressive, Jewish experience for a variety of constituencies in the city center. Central Reform Temple (originally called “Boston Jewish Spirit”) was conceived by Rabbis Howard Berman and Devon Lerner as a special outreach to interfaith and multicultural families, LGBT people, urban dwellers, and all spiritual seekers interested in an accessible encounter with the liberal ideals and traditions of Reform Judaism.
Fifteen years later, we are an adult community, worshiping in the historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 15 Newbury Street. This small, close-knit community is committed to be a house of prayer for all people, worshipping in the progressive traditions of American Reform Judaism, nurturing spirituality and learning, and working for justice and peace in our community and the world. We are a part-time congregation, meeting bi-weekly for Friday night Shabbat services, experiencing the High Holy Days together as well as Passover, Sukkot, and other festivals and observances, and engaging in an array of learning and cultural programs together throughout the year.
As partners in a recently documented covenant relationship with Emmanuel Church, each congregation is faithfully rooted in its own distinct religious traditions and deeply committed to our shared spiritual roots. We practice modeling compassionate encounters between Judaism and Christianity that affirm the difficult challenges of history and aspire to new levels of understanding. We share the conviction that spiritual ideals, human creativity, and commitment to principles that elicit deep interpersonal connections are the underpinnings for advancing our core values. We cherish the same ultimate hopes for humanity.