The Ohabei Shalom Chapel, built in 1903, is the oldest surviving mortuary chapel in Massachusetts. Restoration work contines to transform the Chapel into The East Boston Immigration Center that also will 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. Learn more
Learn what makes Jewish cemeteries Jewish! Cemetery education tours are available upon request to synagogues, brotherhoods/sisterhoods, day schools, or adult/informal education programs. This unique educational opportunity will open a new chapter in all aspects of Jewish cemetery education.
Call Lisa Berenson, Director of Educational Programming at 617-244-6509 and discover why Jewish cemeteries are for the living!
The rededication on Sept. 22, 2013 of the Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground in Malden -- the second oldest Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts (1851) -- officially restored the memory of the more than 1,400 souls, mostly children, who were once the forgotten in Massachusetts Jewish history. No more. The Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts has restored to dignity the final resting place for more than 1,400 souls, most of whom were less than five years old when they died.