Congregation Beth Israel (Onset, Massachusetts)
|Location||7 Locust Street,
|Leadership||Eli and Wenday Hauser|
Congregation Beth Israel (Hebrew: בית ישראל) is an Orthodox congregation located at 7 Locust Street in Onset, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. It is famous as the summer synagogue of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and some of his students from the 1950s until the mid-1960s, when his wife died. The clapboard building was originally a furniture store, before it was converted to a synagogue in 1948.
Initially a destination for Jewish vacationers from Boston, Beth Israel now attracts Jews from Toronto, Montreal, and New York City from a "wide cross-section of Orthodoxy", including "Young Israel, Chabad, Chasidim from Montreal, Charedim, Carlebach Chasidim, very-left wing and Conservadox." The synagogue maintains three daily minyans throughout the summer and through the High Holidays.
- Contact Us, Synagogue website. Accessed September 1, 2009.
- Barlow, Rich. "Summering with spirit: Keep the faith on vacation at seasonal houses of worship", The Boston Globe, August 14, 2005.
- Places to Stay, Synagogue website. Accessed September 1, 2009.
- Resnick, Elliot. "Beaches, Cottages ... And Shul Draw Vacationers to Onset, Massachusetts", The Jewish Press, June 18, 2008.
- Klug, Lisa Alcalay. "Port Town Harbors ‘Oasis of Judaism’", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, September 15, 2005.