Synagogue relocating and closings

For many reasons, congregations may be closing their doors and moving to other locations. We are very happy to consult with congregations to identify valuable objects and scrolls and to make recommendations for transferring and preserving Torah arks, synagogue furniture, ceremonial objects and other ritual items. 

There are also several community institutions that offer support to transitioning congregations. Recently, the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts has launched a dedicated program called Ma'avar  (transitioning) to assist congregations in transitions. Ma'avar will aid congregations seeking to place no longer needed synagogue furniture, books, ceremonials in emerging or renovating congregations. Contact the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts for more information at

1320 Centre Street #306, Newton, MA 02459 (telephone  617.244.6506). Email:    info@synagoguecouncil.org.

Nationally, the Jewish Community Legacy Project  offers a support system to rural and small town communities which are planning to or in the process of closing. The JCLP is in Atlanta, Georgia.