The Jewish Journal talks to Debbie Cherry, president of Temple B’nai Israel, the last remnant of what was once Revere's large Jewish community - which she is now preparing for sale.
What Chelsea synagogues/congregations are active these days?...
More metropolitan area history of note, Cambridge Jewish communities http://world.std.com/~reinhold/cos.timeline.html
There’s someone else out there who still uses world.std.com! Woo-hoo! :)
Google Maps says:
The Walnut Street Synagogue (Congregation Agudath Sholom, Orthodox)
Temple Emmanuel (Reform/Conservative)
Chabad of the Tobin Bridge
Besides Katz's Bagels, are there any Jewish businesses left in Chelsea?
Good Shabbos everyone!
To answer my own question, other Jewish businesses in Chelsea include:
Allen’s Cut Rate Perfumers
Kirshon Paint and Window Treatments
Torf Funeral Service
Arthur's Deli closed in 2017 [!]
Chelsea Floor Covering, owned by the Rosen family since 1929
Margolis Pharmacy, since the early 1930s
... in those little cemeteries that string out along the southwest corridor... and each time I'm struck that these are not only the graveyards of individuals, but the graveyards of entire neighborhood communities that simply ceased to exist as the kids and grandkids moved out and moved on.
In the Jewish tradition, communities do not cease to exist - they move.
OK, it's ancient Greek rather than ancient Talmudic, but time for a puzzle anyhow:
Live in the now.
I'm all for living in the now, but that doesn't make it a bad idea to steer a conversation toward the nearest philosophical paradox.
A North End mystery. A Jewish burying ground in North End maybe on one of the small streets off Salem Street, not Copp's Hll, not the West End prison burying ground, is somewhere under current times' buildings. Maybe there where used to be a synagogue with the burying ground next to it. A self published memoir on a shelf at North End Branch Boston Public Library described the small burying ground. Local West End/North End history experts have denied it existed. The West End Museum https://thewestendmuseum.org didn't turn up any information about it.
Records are not lost of the oldest urban residential neighborhood in the country. Especially from the 19th century forward when Jewish people started coming to America. Although it's true that people once did crazy things like move graveyards, I would need something better than some dudes self-published memoir. Think "investigative journalist blogger" who specializes
in "mysterious drownings".
My understanding is that the first Jewish burial ground, Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery, was established in East Boston in 1844. I don't think there was any Jewish burial ground in the North End. What is the name/author of this self-published memoir?
And here's the 2nd oldest, which was up in the Malden and apparently forgotten until a few years ago. https://vimeo.com/76530541
Still trying to recall Author/Title of the book. A North End Jewish memoir on a shelf at North End Branch Boston Public Library, NorthEast side of Parmenter Street between Salem St. and Hanover St. https://www.bpl.org/locations/31/
Also trying JCAM Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts https://www.jcam.org/Pages/About_JCAM/about_JCAM.php
A common thing at houses of worship that wouldn't be counted as a cemetery. So maybe trying to find an old synagogue is your best bet.
A few plots next to a synagogue fits. Later structures over the real estate might be covering plots.
Aren't Jewish cemeteries typically located not next to a synagogue?
Also, they're not typically owned/overseen by temples, but by societies set up for that purpose. There are a ton of Jewish cemeteries in West Roxbury along the Dedham line.
However, many Jewish cemeteries are owned by synagogues, including the one where my father is buried in Ohio. Also including the very first one in East Boston.
Local list: Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts
From 2017: The end of Congregation Tifereth Israel, on Shirley Avenue
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