“The Boston Synagogue: 1888-2013” by Back Bay resident Michael Weingarten was released at the Boston Synagogue’s 125th anniversary celebration on Sunday, May 19.
In some ways, the story of The Boston Synagogue is the story of Boston generally: substantial growth due to immigration at the turn of the 20th century, followed by a long period of urban decline; then substantial resurgence as downtown Boston has become an increasingly attractive place for people to live. As such, it celebrates not just this synagogue, but also the entire downtown Boston community.
Among those interviewed was former West End resident Leonard Nimoy, who shared recollections and commented that the famous Vulcan salute comes from the priestly blessing that he observed as a teenager at a predecessor synagogue’s High Holiday services.
The book includes a comprehensive history of the synagogue, its predecessor synagogues and the old West End, including historic images, maps, graphs and anecdotes.
For more information, go to the book’s page here.
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