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Boston Synagogue to celebrate 125 years of history

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  May 1, 2013 05:12 PM

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The Boston Synagogue will mark 125 years in Boston this month with an anniversary celebration focused on its history and the release of a new history book written by a local author.

The synagogue will host a reception, silent auction, and presentation highlighting its history on Sunday, May 19, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The celebration’s presentation will show highlights the Synagogue’s history project and what it has has uncovered about its 125-year history, its predecessors, and the old West End.

The current temple on Martha Road only dates to back to 1971, the anniversary celebrates the incorporation of its predecessor synagogue, Congregation Beth Jacob, in 1888.

The synagogue will also celebrate the release of Michael Weingarten book “The Boston Synagogue: 1888-2013.” Weingarten, a Back Bay resident, wrote the book on the synagogue’s history uncovered facts and information that is not widely known, according to the synagogue..

In a statement announcing the celebration, the synagogue said its history paralleled Boston’s in some ways, noting substantial growth from to immigration at the turn of the 20th century, followed by a long period of urban decline, and then a 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,” the statement read.

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