Over the years, the Jewish community of Revere has slowly dwindled. A couple years ago, the few remaining members of Congregation Tifereth Israel voted to dissolve the congregation and sell the 400-seat synagogue to a developer, who will tear it down and put up housing for veterans. Ron Newman reports:
Today was the last day that people could safely enter the building before asbestos remediation begins.
Congregation member Ira Novoselsky, local resident Jan Dumas, and I removed all siddurim, machzorim [other prayer books], Torah books, Haftarah books, and anything else we could identify that might contain the Hebrew Name of God. These will be buried in the synagogue's cemetery.