On Sunday afternoon, 8 December, a group
of Temple members was treated to a tour of the historic Walnut Street Shul in Chelsea.
The tour was organized by David Joslin on behalf of the Temple Brotherhood.
The Walnut Street Shul is one of the longest-operating synagogues
in Massachusetts and is a National Historic Site.
The tour of the Walnut Street Shul was led by, Ed Medros,
the shul president. Taking the tour were David Joslin, Evi Stern, Sandy
Pellegrino, Amy Yorra and Burton Figler. Ed Medros was an excellent tour guide and the
visitors from Temple Tifereth Israel enjoyed seeing the many historic document, pictures,
and relics from a bygone era. A number of the people in the many photographs on display were
recognized by some of our Temple members, as were many of the names of people appearing
on a number of the documents, tablets and wall hangings on display.
Besides being a museum of sorts and a national historic site,
the Walnut Street Shul is a functioning synagogue, holding services once a month and on Jewish
holidays. It also hosts events, e.g., Bar/Bas Mitzvot. The shul serves as a reminder of the
glory days of the large Jewish community that existed in Chelsea up until the late twentieth
Thanks to our Rabbinical Intern, David Joslin, for arranging
the tour for the Temple Brotherhood.