Cemeteries are for the Living: Baker Street Cemeteries

Sunday, July 29 2018, 10:00 am

$10/person, $5/students and seniors

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Back by popular demand! Join the Vilna Shul and JCAM (Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts) for a historic walking tour of the Baker Street Cemeteries. The Baker Street Cemeteries is a group of 42 Jewish cemeteries, 35 which are owned and operated by JCAM, in use since the 1920s. According to The Boston Globe, these cemeteries “are home to some of the city's most striking, albeit endangered, examples of historic religious architecture. Dotting the road are 10 chapel buildings about the size of one-room schoolhouses, perfectly rendered synagogues in miniature, with glorious stained glass, vaulted ceilings, ornate chandeliers, oak pulpits, and other vestiges of the final destination for members of a once-thriving immigrant community.”  Solomon Sheena, member of the JCAM Board of Directors, will take us on a walk through Boston’s Jewish past as we learn the historical significance of Massachusetts’ Jewish cemeteries, customs, traditions and the unusual headstone iconography. Tour participants will come away with a greater understanding and appreciation for these “museums of memories”. 

Please note that this is an outdoor program; please dress appropriately. No flip-flops or open-toed shoes. 

There are no bathroom facilities on property. Food and drink (other than water) are not permitted inside the cemetery. 

Event is rain or shine!

Please note that this event is NOT at the Vilna Shul. The address of the cemetery is 776 Baker Street,  West Roxbury. Additional information on parking will be included in the confirmation email once you register. 

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