About the East Boston Immigration Center
Telling the experiences and histories of the Mystic River Jewish communities
Restoring the physical home – the Ohabei Shalom Chapel – to house artifacts
and recollections from the historic Jewish communities of the Mystic River
Collecting contributions of ideas, stories, materials for the exhibits
The East Boston Immigration Center will:
- Collect the images, sounds, artifacts, and stories from the years when the Mystic River communities brimmed with Jewish life and faith, culture, business, and enthusiasm. Do you have materials that can help tell these stories?
- Restore the landmark Ohabei Shalom Chapel building in East Boston. Do you or your family have material about the Ohabei Shalom congregation or cemetery?
- Present the lives of the early immigrant communities of Chelsea, East Boston, Everett, Malden, Medford, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop—at the Ohabei Shalom Chapel building in East Boston, and on this Web site. Help us imagine what these presentations can be!
The Ohabei Shalom Chapel is located on the grounds of the first Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts, founded in 1843. This beautiful fieldstone neo-gothic chapel was built in 1903 and is recognized as a historic landmark by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and the Bostonian Historical Society.
We invite you to join us in this far-reaching $1.5 million historic project. Make your tax-deductible contribution to the “JCAM Charitable Foundation” for the future home of the East Boston Immigration Center.
To share your ideas and information, use our online form to tell us how you might contribute materials and ideas or stories. Or, contact us at the JCAM Charitable Foundation at 617-244-6509.