Our Congregation

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Warm and welcoming community

Congregation Or Atid  (which means "Light of the future") is a dynamic and committed congregation in Wayland, MA, a short drive west of Boston.  For over 25 years we have lit the path for those seeking a meaningful and engaging Jewish life in Metrowest Boston.   

Inclusiveness and participation

We are a progressive, egalitarian Conservative congregation that openly embraces individuals and families from different backgrounds. Interfaith, single or partnered, gay or straight, already involved or seeking Jewish connection, all are welcome here. Our shared values support a deep love of Judaism and its traditions in a way that is accessible for all.  

Core values

What makes us truly special is the intimacy of a Jewish community that places great value on joyful connections among our members, caring for each other and bettering the world around us. Jewish learning is at our core and we constantly strive to ensure that our members, regardless of age or stage of life cycle, experience the full breadth of Jewish knowledge and tradition, and expression of personal spirituality. 

To learn more about us

Stop by, give us a call at 508-358-9623 or email our Membership Chairperson, Sara Bernstein at [email protected].  We look forward to meeting you.

Social Action

Family Promise

Or Atid joins next door neighbor Peace Lutheran Church to host homeless families for two consecutive weeks, twice a year. This Fall, families will be hosted at the Church from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4. There are many opportunities to volunteer. Contact Cindy Fenichel or Barbara Boykin for more info.

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: Dec. 2 :  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: Dec. 2: 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.

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Adult Education

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

The Supreme Court & Jewish Life in America:
Oct. 15, 22 & 29, 7:30-9:30pm
Led by Yoni Kadden from Gann Academy. We'll explore 3 US Supreme Court cases critical to Jewish practice and American constitutional law.

Bad-ss Broads of the Bible:
10-session course, starting Oct. 16, 10am-noon
Metrowest Jewish Women's Study Group will explore audacious female characters in the Hebrew Bible.

Why Pray? Finding Meaning in Jewish Prayer:
6-session course starting Nov. 8, 7:30-8:45pm
Led by Rabbi Polisson, come and discover the meaning and power of Jewish prayer!
 

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