About Rabbi Eric

Rabbi Eric Gurvis became Sha’arei Shalom’s spiritual leader in July 2019. He previously served as senior rabbi for Temple Shalom in Newton from 1999-2017 and has served congregations in New York City, Mississippi and New Jersey. Rabbi Eric has long been deeply involved in youth activities and Jewish camps, interfaith and social justice work, as well as Israel programming and education. He is a past-president of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, a past chairperson of the Newton Interfaith Clergy Council, and has served on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. He is also a member of the faculty for the Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning program, which provides adult learning opportunities in communities throughout the Greater Boston area. Rabbi Eric and his wife Laura reside in Sherborn.

Contact Rabbi Eric at rabbi@shaareishalom.org


Rabbi's Blog

December 2019

Dear Friends, I write these words as 2019 winds down to the start of 2020. With last night’s sundown, Hanukkah reached its end for this year. I was so gratified to be with so many from our community as we welcomed the holiday on the first night on December 22nd at Montenegro Square in Ashland. […]

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November Message

Dear Friends, Those who know me are familiar with the fact that I am often inspired by things I see around me which might otherwise pass unnoticed. One such source of inspiration comes from bumper stickers I see on cars as I traverse the highways and byways of our communities. Several years ago, I spotted […]

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2019 High Holiday Message

Dear Friends, I happened to glance up at the sky last night, noticing the full moon. “Ah,” my rabbinic brain calculated, “it’s about 6 weeks now until Rosh Hashanah.” My glance heavenward comes in a week that has been filled with blessings, two in particular. A few nights ago, our community gathered at the Greenstein […]

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Rabbi Eric’s Introductory Message

Dear Friends, Shalom!  I know it may be a bit presumptuous to address this message as “dear friends” as I have not yet met most of you. But I can tell you, from those members of Sha’arei Shalom whom I have met, young and old, and the gatherings I have been attending over recent weeks, I am […]

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