Built in 1903, the Ohabei Shalom Chapel stands at the grand entrance of the first Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts, Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery, founded in 1844. Located in East Boston and home to the largest Jewish population in turn-of-the-century New England, this splendid fieldstone Jewish chapel will be completely restored. The chapel will serve as the East Boston Immigration Center, dedicated to all those who came through the Port of Boston during the great immigration wave of the 19th century. Focusing on Boston’s early Jewish immigration, the chapel will feature audio oral histories, photos and artifacts of what life was like during those early days. The Center will also host concerts, presentations and educational programs. The local current immigrant communities will benefit as the Center’s lower level will have classrooms for meetings and instruction on becoming an American citizen as well as a resource center to help those using the Jewish model of success in this country.
We invite you to join us in this far-reaching $2 million 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 Ohabei Shalom Chapel development team will schedule a time to meet with you.
Thank you for your support. Together, we will succeed in our quest to preserve the legacy of the Mystic River Jewish community and save the one and only Ohabei Shalom Chapel!
Learn what makes Jewish cemeteries Jewish!
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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