created at: 2013-04-30

The Boston Synagogue will host a 125th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 4:30 to 7 pm at the Boston Synagogue, 55 Martha Road, Boston, MA. While the current synagogue building only dates to 1971, the anniversary that will be celebrated is the incorporation of its predecessor synagogue, Congregation Beth Jacob in 1888.

The celebration and reception will include hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a silent auction and a presentation showing highlights of what the Synagogue’s history project has uncovered about the 125-year history of the Boston Synagogue, its predecessors, and the old West End. There will also be remarks from distinguished members of Boston’s Jewish community and local politicians.

In addition, the synagogue will be celebrating the release of a book on the synagogue’s history written by Back Bay resident, Michael Weingarten, entitled “The Boston Synagogue: 1888-2013.” Much of what was uncovered is not widely known and is quite fascinating.

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, we celebrate not just the synagogue, but the entire downtown Boston community of which it is a part.

For information on tickets, go to the event page here

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