Join Havurah on the Hill on October 19 in our new (temporary) location — the Museum of African American History. While the Vilna Shul undergoes a renovation, the MAAH has graciously offered their history-rich space for our Friday night events! Let’s kick off the first Shabbat evening at this location with the MAAH Director of Education as she takes us through the fascinating history of the local African American community and the complex connection that African Americans and Jews share with one another.
Welcome in Shabbat in this historical space while we explore the fascinating connection between African American and Jewish history.
Among the most important National Historic Landmarks in the nation, the African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School on Beacon Hill were built in the early 1800's and are two of the museum's most valuable assets. Located steps away from the Massachusetts State House in what once was the heart of Boston's 19th-century African American neighborhood, these buildings remain a showcase for community organizing and an enduring testimony to black craftsmanship. Once a church, a school, and vital community meeting place, the African Meeting House has been returned to its 1855 appearance through historic restoration and is open to the public for talks and tours, our events and yours. The Abiel Smith School, the nation's oldest public school for African American children, currently houses first-class exhibit galleries, education programs, caterers' kitchen, and a museum store filled with books and inspired gifts. For more information, please visit the MAAH website.
6:30 PM – Appetizers and Schmoozing
7:00 PM – Shabbat Services
8:15 PM – Featured Speaker
8:45 PM – Shabbat Dinner and Schmoozing
Havurah on the Hill is a gathering of Jews in their 20's and 30's for monthly nondenominational, egalitarian Shabbat services, with featured speakers and other special holiday celebrations.
Vilna and Havurah on the Hill will never turn anyone away for inability to pay. If you would like to attend but finances are of concern, please email Director of Communications and Community Outreach Lynne Krasker Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vilna Shul offers free parking with validation for Havurah on the Hill Friday night services. Parking validation is only good for the garage at the Charles River Plaza/Cambridge Street Garage at 165 Cambridge Street. This garage is between the Charles River Plaza Shopping Center (Whole Foods) and AU Bon Pain, and across from the Starbucks, near the intersection of Blosson Street and Cambridge Street. DO NOT ENTER THE WHOLE FOODS LOT - THE VILNA DOES NOT VALIDATE FOR THAT LOT. You will receive a green ticket upon entry. Any other color tickets cannot be validated.