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Jewish Restaurants in Boston

In 1894, the Boston Globe reported that the city had only one Jewish restaurant, located on Hanover Street in the North End. By the 1920s, however, there were more than three hundred Jewish-owned restaurants across the city, the most run…

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Jews in the Shoe Trade

Thousands of Russian Jews came to Lynn to work in its shoe factories. The economic life of the Lynn Jewish community was inextricably linked to the shoe industry, which became the major source of the Jews’ upward economic mobility. Even…

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Immigrant neighborhood in downtown Lynn, looking up Amity Street from Washington Street, ca 1900. Courtesy of Lynn Public Library.

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A Postcard That Depicts


Chelsea Square, ca. 1905, just prior to the massive fire of 1908 that would destroy the dowtown but also bring thousands of Jewish and other immigrants to this industrial city north of Boston.

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Jews in East Boston

Ohel Jacob (shown here ca. 1898), was East Boston's oldest and largest synagogue, located on the corner of Paris and Gove Streets. Formerly an Episcopal church, Ohel Jacob was founded in 1893. The congregation built a new synagogue on the…

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