Revere's last synagogue getting ready to close forever

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.






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There’s someone else out there who still uses! Woo-hoo! :)

Google Maps says:

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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,

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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 [!]

Two more:

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Two more:

Chelsea Floor Covering, owned by the Rosen family since 1929

Margolis Pharmacy, since the early 1930s

I've helped bury a couple of old Jewish folks...

... 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.


Cheer up

In the Jewish tradition, communities do not cease to exist - they move.


What better place for a philosophical paradox

OK, it's ancient Greek rather than ancient Talmudic, but time for a puzzle anyhow:

  1. If one neighbor from your block on Blue Hill Ave moves to Sharon and a new family moves in your neighborhood is still your neighborhood, of course.
  2. Now another neighbor picks up and moves down to Sharon, next door to the first guy, and a new family moves in. The old neighborhood is still the old neighbohood.
  3. Over the next five years, every single family on the block gradually moves to the same neighborhood in Sharon.
  4. Which neighborhood -- the old block on Blue Hill Ave or the new one in Sharon -- carries the identity -- the soul, if you will -- of the neighborhood?

Mystery. What happened to a North End Jewish burying ground?

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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 didn't turn up any information about it.

I am confident that the history Boston is well chronicled.

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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".

Boston's Jewish Cemeteries

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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?


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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.