Congregation Agudath Shalom

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Congregation Agudath Shalom
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Congregation Agudath Shalom is located in Massachusetts
Congregation Agudath Shalom
Congregation Agudath Shalom is located in the US
Congregation Agudath Shalom
Location 145 Walnut St., Chelsea, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°23′34.5″N 71°2′15″W / 42.392917°N 71.03750°W / 42.392917; -71.03750Coordinates: 42°23′34.5″N 71°2′15″W / 42.392917°N 71.03750°W / 42.392917; -71.03750
Area 0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built 1909
Architect Joll, Harry Dustin
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP reference # 93000283[1]
Added to NRHP April 16, 1993

Congregation Agudath Shalom, also known as Agudas Sholom the Walnut Street Synagogue or the Walnut Street Shul, is an active, historic Orthodox Jewish synagogue at 145 Walnut Street in Chelsea, Massachusetts.


The congregation was founded in 1887.[2] The present building was erected in 1909, one year after the great fire that destroyed a third of the buildings in the city. The architect was Harry Dustin Joll. The congregation's previous building was destroyed in the great fire.[3]

It is the oldest surviving synagogue in Chelsea, a city that was one-third Jewish at the time the synagogue was built.[4]

The synagogue possesses a "remarkable" series of wall and ceiling frescoes painted by Jewish immigrant artists.[5] The "magnificent" carved Torah Ark was created by a noted Boston-area cabinetmaker who specialized in synagogue furniture, San Katz, in the 1920s.[4] The synagogue was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

Agudas Sholom chapel at Everett Jewish Cemetery


In 2016, Congregation Agudath Shalom hired Rabbi Lila Kagedan as its full-time spiritual leader. Kagedan is the first graduate of Yeshivat Maharat to take the title of Rabbi for her work as a female Orthodox leader. She had previously worked and taught in the Boston area for over ten years. The Synagogue continues to operate as an Orthodox Shul.[6]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
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  3. ^ The Burning of Chelsea by Walter Merriam Pratt Published by Sampson publishing company, 1908, p. 46
  4. ^ a b Chelsea, By Harriman Clarke, Arcadia Publishing, 2003, p. 87
  5. ^ Marilyn J. Chiat, America's Religious Architecture, Wiley, 1997 p. 51
  6. ^ "Chelsea's historic Walnut Street Shul preserves a future". Retrieved 2017-06-19. 

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