Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery

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Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery
Ohabei Shalom Cemetery East Boston MA 04.jpg
View of the cemetery in 2009.
Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery is located in Massachusetts
Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery
Location 147 Wordsworth Street
East Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°22′57″N 71°0′52.5″W / 42.38250°N 71.014583°W / 42.38250; -71.014583Coordinates: 42°22′57″N 71°0′52.5″W / 42.38250°N 71.014583°W / 42.38250; -71.014583
Area 2.4 acres (0.97 ha)
Built 1844
Architect John A. Hasty
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 08000795[1]
Added to NRHP August 19, 2008

Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery is a historic Jewish cemetery located at 147 Wordsworth Street in East Boston, Massachusetts.


In 1844, Boston's first synagogue, the Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, asked permission from the Boston City Council to purchase the lot as a burying place. This cemetery was the first legally established Jewish cemetery in the state. Prior to this, Jews from Boston were buried in more distant locations such as Touro Cemetery in Rhode Island. In 1996, the Temple Ohabei Shalom ceded the property to the Jewish Cemetery Association.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. It became the first Jewish cemetery to receive the honor.[2]


The cemetery is home to the oldest surviving Jewish chapel in Massachusetts, dedicated in 1903. The Mystic River Jewish Project is currently restoring the Gothic Revival chapel for use as a museum.[3]


South side of the chapel
West side of the chapel
View of cemetery with trees
View of a row of gravestones

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "First Jewish Cemetery in Massachusetts Voted to National Register of Historic Places". Jewish Cemetery Association. 
  3. ^ "The Boston Jewish Immigration History Project". Jewish Cemetery Association. 

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