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LogoFoundationThe East Boston Immigration Center

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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 Mystic River Jewish communities – 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!

Chapel Before Repairs

Interior of the Ohabei Shalom Chapel (1903), Massachusetts’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery chapel. The original spiritual and physical beauty of the landmark Ohabei Shalom Chapel will be restored for visitors and services.

Line drawing rendering of Ohabei Shalom Chapel Interior

Rendering of the interior of East Boston Immigration Center after restoration is complete.

ChapelThe Ohabei Shalom Chapel is located on the grounds of the first Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts, founded in 1844. This beautiful fieldstone neo-gothic chapel was built in 1903 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a recognized historic landmark by Bostonian Historical Society and Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.

We invite you to join us in this far-reaching $3.5 million historic project. Make your tax-deductible contribution to the “JCAM Charitable Foundation” for the East Boston Immigration Center and future home of the Exhibit Hall.

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.