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Thursday, June 8th from 7:00-9:00PM  

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek – 60 Highland St., West Newton

The training will focus on:

  • Rapid response to ICE raids
  • SAFE Communities Legislation
  • Material support for families who have had a loved one detained or deported

Many area congregations have begun the work of building a Sanctuary and Solidarity Network focused on standing with undocumented immigrants in this precarious time. To make it through, we know it is important to stand together, which is why Dorshei Tzedek has voted to become a Supporter Congregation! To expand upon this work, join us on the evening of June 8th to learn how to show up as moral witnesses (and in some cases, legal observers) for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and hearings. The training done in partnership with MCAN (the MA Communities Action Network) and JCRC (the Jewish Community Relations Council), facilitated by JCRC organizer, Rachie Lewis, will also cover how to participate in efforts to accompany families in the wake of a loved one being detained or deported, and updates on how to support important legislative efforts to defend immigrants.

This workshop is open to all in the Newton area, with specific encouragement for folks involved in the newly forming Newton Sanctuary Cluster.  

Please RSVP to Bonnie Tenneriello at or Rachie Lewis at



On January 21, we welcomed 7 new members to Second Church


Martha Comfort, Samuel and Venessa Cantrell, Betty Southworth, Conner Choka, Katheryn Huse, Jaime Matheny

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IT WAS A GRAND PARTY! 100th-banner-smallPlanning for the 100th anniversary of our Second Church building on Highland Street began in the spring of 2016.   An Anniversary Celebration presented an opportunity to invite our neighbors in and to rededicate the mission and ministry of Second Church.

On October 2, we began the celebration with a worship service planned and led by Pastor Mark Seifried and Minister of Music, Andrus Madsen.   The worship was based on the 1916 Dedication Service.   A proclamation from the City of Newton was read.   Pastor Mark  preached on the theme “Not to be Ministered Unto, but to Minister” which encouraged us to remember that Second Church was not created to be a shrine or museum, but rather to be a “healing balm for a wounded world”.

1c luncheonA luncheon for approximately 100 people followed the worship service.    Luncheon guests were encouraged to record memories on paper models of our church.    Over $350 was received in donations for the Newton Food Pantry.

The afternoon “Neighborhood Party”  began at 2:00 with a brass band overture.   Fellowship Hall was gaily decorated, and activities included children’s games, cake and ice cream.    There were displays from organizations that our Mission dollars support.   Tours of the Sanctuary were held upstairs.   Approximately ten trained tour guides helped folks to examine windows, carvings  and details of architecture and learn a bit of the history of Second Church.

3 tourThe celebration continued on November 5, when approximately 80 people attended a party celebrating the many ministries of the tenants of our building.   Representatives from Clearway School, Dorshei Tzedek, the Second Church Nursery School and Al-Anon talked of their important work in our community.

img_5681bookletJoy Paine organized a display of Second Church memorabilia which was shown in the Newton Public Library during December.    Shirley Taylor prepared an Anniversary Visitors’ Guide commemorative booklet; proceeds from the sale of the booklet helped to defray the costs of the celebration.    Second Church will be featured on a Historic Newton walking tour planned for the spring.


IFTAR at Second Church

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On June 23, the Turkish Cultural Center treated folks from Eliot Church and Second Church to an Iftar dinner.   About 60 people enjoyed a delicious meal that comes after sunset and a day of fasting during the season of Ramadan.    It was a time of new friendships and sharing of traditions.    A wonderful celebration!   See more pictures.