Rabbi Norbert Weinberg

The Adams Street Shul

(617) 630-0226

168 Adams Street
P.O. Box 600371
Newton, MA 02460


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Celebrating Five Generations of Roiters!

You are cordially invited to be our guest at an event honoring the Roiter Family on Sunday, December 7th at 4 PM.

jroiter-crop-reduce150-labeledOver 100 years ago,  Joseph Roiter, having left the Ukraine with his family for an uncertain future in this country, joined with six other recent arrivals to found a small synagogue in Newton, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston.  He then served two terms as President of the congregation that you, dear members and friends, have animated and strengthened so that it has now served the Jewish community and the larger neighborhood for over a century. 

Joseph remained active in the synagogue all his life, including serving on the Bima Committee of 1924 that raised funds and contracted to build the Ark.  His seat, number 4 on the east wall, still bears his initials. 

hroiter-crop-redue150labeledHis sons, Harry and Mendy Roiter, continued the Roiter Family's involvement.  When President Louis Fried passed away in the mid-1980's, it was Vice-President Harry Roiter, himself already ailing, who recruited Bert Grand to become President in his stead.  Harry Roiter was also the donor of the Shul's first air conditioning.  Brother Mendy long outlived Harry, and although no longer healthy enough to come to shul, Mendy maintained his membership right into the 21st century.

2014-12-06 Eric-and-grandparents-fixed-smallLongstanding member Eric Roiter is a grandson of Joseph and Zipporah Roiter and a nephew of Harry and Mendy Roiter.  Shown here with his grandparents, Eric grew up in Newport but recalls visiting the Adams Street Shul as a child with his grandfather and uncles. Eric is heading up the family's celebration of their ancestors' interest in the Shul. 

Eric's granddaughter — Joseph's great great granddaughter — is the fifth generation of her family to be part of Adams Street.  Come meet her on December 7th, as the Adams Street Shul holds a fundraising reception in honor of  Joseph and his wife Zipporah, and the succeeding four generations (so far) of the Roiter family.  The guests of honor are eager to meet the current members of the congregation, and eager for us to meet their family and friends.

WeinbergRabbi portraitYou are cordially invited to be our guest at an event honoring the Roiter Family on Sunday, December 7th at 4:00 PM.  The event begins with a reception featuring a live klezmer band, hors d'oeuvres, wine and schnapps.  This is followed by a series of stories and presentations; and finally we will enjoy a dessert buffet together.

Reservations for shul members are $60 per person.   You can make your reservations using the form below. 

If you would like to come but cannot afford it, please privately contact event organizer Beri Gilfix as soon as possible. 

If you are unable to attend, you can still use the reservation form below to make a donation in honor of the Roiters, which will be acknowledged in the Program Book. 

Come meet the latest generation of Roiters; they are eager to meet you! 

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Save The Date: Channukah Party Sunday, December 21

Save The Date:  Adams Street Shul Annual Channukah Party will be on Sunday, December 21st this year.  

More details coming soon! 




We are an independent, historic Orthodox shul that serves a diverse congregation and the broader community. We provide a place for davening (prayer), learning, and spiritual growth; and a social environment where we celebrate holidays and life-cycle events together.

We are haimish — a warm, caring, welcoming community where everyone can contribute and be active in the life of the congregation, build on the traditions of our founders, and link the Jewish past to the future.

A Modern Community

We hope you will visit us when you visit Boston. If you live here, we hope you will participate in our educational classes, religious services, and holiday celebrations.

For a quick overview of what's going on, visit our What's New page and our Calendar.

A Historic Shul

The Adams Street Shul is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We are now in our second century of service to the Jewish community.

Part of our mission is to preserve and maintain this historic building, with the help of many supportive friends.


News from the AdamsStreet SynagogueFor a quick overview of what's going on, visit our What's New page and our Calendar

For eruv status see The Nonantum Eruv.


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To read the latest, see our Nachas Notes.


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Explore our website.  You'll find helpful information for visitors, audio and video recordings of educational classes and events, a historical tour, information about Shabbat hospitality, and much more. 



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