By the shores of Jamaica Pond, the city at one end of our street and the country at the other, Nehar Shalom means River of Peace. We are a small, intimate Jewish community growing organically in a richly diverse, vibrant and socially conscious neighborhood of Boston. We have the distinction of being Jamaica Plain’s oldest, and, yes, newest synagogue! Remarkably, there has never before been a synagogue in Jamaica Plain.
Nehar Shalom draws on the warmth of the traditional shtibl, but strives to be more, more inclusive and more responsive to the world. Committed to social justice, Nehar Shalom is a place from which Jews can respond as Jews to the needs of the wider community and of the world in which we live. Building bridges with people of other faiths and communities, Nehar Shalom values learning about and from each other, while pursuing together tikkun olam, repair of the world.