Rabbi Sally R. Finestone

Rabbi head shot

Rabbi Finestone has led our congregation since 1998 and has worked to build on our tradition of excellence as a vibrant center of Jewish living and learning. She was among the first group of women rabbis receiving an ordination in 1982 from Hebrew Union College (HUC) in Cincinnati, and also holds a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School, and an honorary Doctorate degree from HUC. In 2007, she received the prestigious CJP Rabbinic award.  

Although her southern accent is barely detectable, she was raised in one of only two Jewish families in Clifton Forge, a rural town in the Virginia mountains. She is married to Rabbi Boaz Heilman (Rabbi of B'nai Torah in Sudbury) and they have two children, Hannah and Jonathan

Our spiritual leader

Rabbi Finestone extends herself to each of us, knows our children, and lovingly teaches us from her incredible base of Judaic knowledge and deep spiritual faith.  

Education Director
Imagine your son or daughter knowing all of the Shabbat prayers, understanding the history and traditions of our people and confortably articulating his or her relationship to God?   Rabbi Finestone directs our education program the "Jewish Learning Lab" for children grades K through 7th grade and is actively involved in your child's preparation for his or her Bar or Bat Mitzvah. She also oversees unique programs for our 8th graders and High School students which pairs community service with social action and Jewish studies.  For our adult learners, she teaches an exciting array of classes that will stimulate your mind and soul.

Innovator and guide

All of our programs receive the Rabbi's undivided attention and reflect her innovative approach to relating ancient text to today's contemporary issues.  Most importantly, during times of difficulty or joy, Rabbi Finestone is always there to support and guide us.  

You can reach Rabbi Finestone by calling our synagogue office at                   

508-358-9623 or email [email protected]. 

Social Action.

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: June 3 Help cook and deliver a meal for Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter, Waltham. 

Patient Navigator Service

With JFS of Metrowest, this free service helps Jewish and other frail older adults living in Metrowest get to and navigate their medical appointments. 

Bristol Lodge

Upcoming dates: June 3 Help set up, clean up and serve a meal to homeless people at this Waltham soup kitchen. Great opportunity for children ages 8 and up and adults. Choose a Sunday.


Adult Education

In Judaism, learning is a life-long process, and each stage of learning brings with it special blessings and insights. At Congregation Or Atid, we offer a wide variety of courses for adults where we explore our rich heritage in a literary and historical way.