Historic Timeline

1978–1979: In the Beginning

  • 1978

    בְּרֵאשִׁית In the Beginning…

    Three families (Soslow, Safran and Goldberg) sent a notice to a list of “Jews in Wayland” compiled from CJP information, names known by them, and, apparently, “Jewish names” found in the Wayland phone book. A notice was placed in the Wayland-Weston Town Crier inviting “those of Jewish faith interested in exploring formation of Wayland congregation.” An amazing response – 75 families attended the first meeting at the Soslow home.

  • 1978

    133 Families Respond

    A number of small group meetings were held and 133 families responded to a survey.

  • 1978

    Formally Organized

    The “Jewish Congregation of Wayland” was formally organized. 
    Committees were formed. 
    Bylaws were presented and accepted. 
    Initial officers were:

    • Michael Goldberg, President
    • Ed Safran, Treasurer
    • Michael Gaffin, Clerk
  • 1978

    First Issue of Hineni
  • 1978

    Organizational Meeting

    An organizational meeting was held at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Wayland.

    • 160 people attended
  • 1978

    First Social Event

    Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast was held at the Unitarian Church.

  • 1978

    Affiliation and Naming

    A congregational meeting was held to elect officers and directors, vote on religious affiliation, and select a name.

    • 79 favored Reform affiliation, 29 favored Conservative
    • The name Temple Shir Tikva (Song of Hope) was chosen
    • It was not the first recommendation of the Naming Committee, which was B’er Tikva (Well of Hope)
  • 1978

    First Chanukah Party
  • 1979

    Youth Group Formed

    A High School Youth Group organizational meeting was held at the Isenberg home.

    • The group later adopted the name WAFTY (Wayland Federation of Temple Youth)
    • In June, the group was voted into NEFTY (North East Federation of Temple Youth)
    • Ultimately, the group became part of STFTY
  • 1979

    First Shabbat Service

    The first service was held at The First Parish Unitarian Church of Wayland on a Friday night, followed by an Oneg Shabbat

    • The service was led by volunteers: congregants Rick Blocker, Lou Estrine and Chester Kahn
    • A Torah was borrowed from Temple Emmanuel in Newton and prayer books were borrowed from B’nai Torah in Sudbury.
    • The Torah sat in a new Ark, built by congregant David Landy
    • The adult choir sang. It had three members: Rick Blocker, Peggy Whitefield and Merilee Richter
    • Three additional services were held the first year: March 16, April 14, June 1
  • 1979

    Library and Library Fund Established
    • Susan Saul was named chairperson.
    • Sue and her husband, David, have run the Shir Tikva Library continuously through the present day.
  • 1979

    First Purim Party for Adults
  • 1979

    Rabbi Search Began

    The congregation voted to establish a Pulpit Committee to search for a Rabbi.

  • 1979

    First Annual Meeting

    The first Annual Meeting was held.

    • Annual Budget of $46,500
    • Annual dues of $275
    • Membership of 114 families
    • Slate of officers and directors elected:
      • President……Michael Goldberg
      • Vice President...Michael Gaffin
      • Treasurer……...Edward Safran
      • Secretary……..Ruth Shapshay
  • 1979

    Rabbi Mayersohn Joined TST Part-time

    The congregation approved of hiring newly-ordained Rabbi Michael Mayersohn as part-time Rabbi/Religious School Principal.

  • 1979

    First Prayer Books

    The Board of Trustees voted to purchase our first prayer books:

    • Gates of Prayer (125 copies)
    • Gates of Repentance (225 copies)
  • 1979

    First High Holy Day Services

    The first High Holy Day Services were held at First Parish Unitarian Church, Wayland.

    • Congregants requested 314 High Holy Day tickets
    • The shofar was blown by Paul Roberts on this and every subsequent year
  • 1979

    Religious School Opened
    • 110 students,  4 teachers
    • Pre-schoolers holiday-based program meets throughout the year
    • Grades 1 & 2 Wednesdays 3:30-5 p.m.
    • Grades 3 – 6 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
    • Junior & Senior High School weekly seminar at home of instructor, Trudy Sonis, 7:30-9 p.m.
  • 1979

    Adult Education Classes Began

    Initially, learning Hebrew, Torah Study, and an occasional guest speaker are the only offerings.
    Today Shir Tikva has a large variety of adult learning courses.

    • Speakers Series
    • Seminars
    • Jewish Explorations Weekend
    • Weekly Torah Study
  • 1979

    Rabbi Mayersohn Became Full Time Rabbi

    The congregation unanimously voted to establish a Pulpit Search Committee to seek a full-time Rabbi and expressed approval for the committee to negotiate with Rabbi Mayersohn. Rabbi Mayersohn is now a Rabbi without walls in Southern California.

  • 1980

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