Events at the Vilna Shul

NEW DATE - Giving of Ourselves: Exploring Jewish India with Jacob Sztokman

Sunday, May 12, 2013, 5:00 pm

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Contact: Jessica Antoline, (617) 523-2324 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Are you interested in learning about Jewish communities around the world? Come to the Vilna Shul and explore the richness of global Jewish life with an in-depth look at the Jewish communities of India and the groundbreaking work of the Gabriel Project, Mumbai.

Founded in 2011 by Jacob Sztokman, a former sales and marketing manager from Melbourne, Australia, the Gabriel Project works to inspire the worldwide Jewish community to take action in the slums of India. At the core of Jacob’s work are young Jews from around the world who dedicate their time to teaching literacy and providing nutrition for children living in Mumbai. Jacob’s work is a stunning example of someone who combines a Jewish ethos with the Jewish historical experience and uses it to motivate others to lift people out of the bondage that is poverty. Jacob will spend an afternoon at the Shul sharing his experiences living and working in India, including a beautiful slideshow of its landscapes and community life. Following Jacob's presentation, please join us for food, drink and entertainment in our historic sanctuary.

If you are interested in serving abroad, learning about Jewish cultures, or are simply curious about what it is like to live in India, this free event is for you.

Registration is appreciated and donations are always welcome.

The Vilna Shul is easily accessible by public transportation. We are just a 4 minute walk from the MBTA Redline Charles/MGH stop and a 8 minute walk from the Green Line Government Center Stop. We highly encourage using public transportation when visiting the Shul.

Public Transit Directions:

After exiting the Charles/MGH MBTA Red Line station, turn left, cross Cambridge Street (to the CVS), turn left, and walk east down Cambridge Street under the elevated subway. Proceed east on Cambridge Street past Lindall Place, an alley, and Grove Street to Anderson Street. Turn right on Anderson Street and walk one block up Anderson Street to Phillips Street. Turn left/east onto Phillips Street. The Vilna Shul is 1/2 block down Phillips Street on the right/uphill side of Phillips Street.


The Vilna Shul offers $5 validated parking after 4pm on weekdays and on Sundays. Validation is good inside the Charles River Plaza Parking Garage across the street from the Shul and next to the Au Bon Pain and Holiday Inn, not in the surface lot in front of the Whole Foods. Just look for the garage entrance near the intersection of Cambridge St. and Blossom St.

You must validate your green ticket at the Shul for free/reduced parking.