The Ohabei Shalom Chapel, built in 1903, is the oldest surviving mortuary chapel in Massachusetts and is currently undergoing stabilization and restoration.
The Boston Preservation Alliance announced on July 16th that it will honor JCAM's efforts to restore and preserve the Ohabei Shalom Cemetery Chapel in East Boston with a Stewardship Recognition. The JCAM Charitable Foundation has been restoring the chapel since 2006. It is on the grounds of the first Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts, founded in 1844. This beautiful fieldstone neo-gothic chapel was built in 1903 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also is a recognized historic landmark by Bostonian Historical Society. It is slated to become an immigration resource center for the Greater Boston community.
The Chapel will be transformed into The East Boston Immigration Center and will be restored to house traditional Jewish life cycle events as well as an interpretive exhibit on the history of immigration through the Port of Boston during the late 1800s – early 20th century. The Chapel will provide an inspiring context for exhibits exploring the experiences of Jewish, Irish, Italian and other immigrant groups. The goal is to connect this shared history to the newly established immigrant communities from Latin America, Asia and Africa. JCAM will collaborate with local community organizations, such as MIRA, to provide the restored chapel facilities to organizations serving the immigrant communities living in the surround neighborhoods today as a resource and cultural center.
The Chapel stands at the grand entrance of the first Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts, Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery, founded in 1844. Primarily focusing on Boston’s early Jewish immigration, the chapel will feature audio oral histories, photos and artifacts of what Jewish life was like during those early days. The Center will also host concerts, presentations and educational programs.
We invite you to join us in this far-reaching historic project. Make your tax-deductible contribution to the “JCAM Charitable Foundation” for the restoration of the Ohabei Shalom Chapel, and future home of the East Boston Immigration Center.
To learn more about naming opportunities at the exhibit hall for major gift donors, please call the JCAM Charitable Foundation and a member of our development team will schedule a time to meet with you.
Thank you for your support. Together, we will succeed in creating an educational environment to house our shared history and preserve the legacy of our Jewish roots in the Boston area.
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Speakers from the JCAM Charitable Foundation are now available to your synagogue, brotherhood/sisterhood, day school, or adult/informal education programs to present cemetery educational tours. This unique educational opportunity will open a new chapter in all aspects of Jewish cemetery education.
Call Lisa Berenson, Director of Educational Programming & Development at 617-244-6509 and discover why we believe that Jewish cemeteries are for the living!
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