Congregation Beth Israel (Onset, Massachusetts)

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Beth Israel
Basic information
Location 7 Locust Street,
Onset, Massachusetts,
 United States
Geographic coordinates 41°44′36″N 70°39′04″W / 41.743284°N 70.651231°W / 41.743284; -70.651231Coordinates: 41°44′36″N 70°39′04″W / 41.743284°N 70.651231°W / 41.743284; -70.651231
Affiliation Orthodox Judaism
Country United States of America
Status Active
Leadership Eli and Wenday Hauser[1]
Materials Clapboard[2]

Congregation Beth Israel (Hebrew: בית ישראל‎‎) is an Orthodox congregation located at 7 Locust Street in Onset, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.[3] 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.[2][4] The clapboard building was originally a furniture store, before it was converted to a synagogue in 1948.[2]

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 (Edah) and 'Conservadox'." The synagogue maintains three daily minyans throughout the summer and through the High Holidays.[2][5]


  1. ^ Contact Us, Synagogue website. Accessed September 1, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Barlow, Rich. "Summering with spirit: Keep the faith on vacation at seasonal houses of worship", The Boston Globe, August 14, 2005.
  3. ^ Places to Stay, Synagogue website. Accessed September 1, 2009.
  4. ^ Resnick, Elliot. "Beaches, Cottages ... And Shul Draw Vacationers to Onset, Massachusetts", The Jewish Press, June 18, 2008.
  5. ^ Klug, Lisa Alcalay. "Port Town Harbors ‘Oasis of Judaism’", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, September 15, 2005.

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