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Congregation Tifereth Israel (Revere, Mass.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: JHCI-012

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of financial documents related to the operation of the synagogue; records documenting the general business of the synagogue, including Board Meeting notes, bylaws, and seating charts; as well as materials on the mural that once graced the ceiling of the syangogue, as well as those related to the operation of the synagogue's cemeteries, located in Everett, Massachusetts.

Dates

  • undated, 1961-2010

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English and Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for researcher use. Please contact us to request access or to make an appointment to view this collection at jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of this collection. For more information contact jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Historical Note

Congregation Tifereth Israel was founded in Revere, Massachusetts in 1912 by a group of Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Lithuania. The congregation took over a former Methodist church at the corner of Shirley and Nahant Avenues and flourished into the mid-20th century, becoming the largest synagogue in Revere for a time.

Starting in the 1960s, demographic shifts led to a loss of membership, as the children of the mostly working-class Jewish immigrants in the area prospered and moved to other towns around Boston. The synagogue closed in 2015 due to low membership, and the building was sold and demolished in 2017. The proceeds from the sale went toward the continued operation of the congregation’s two cemeteries, located in Everett, Massachusetts.

References

  1. Material in the collection.
  2. “After A Century, Revere Synagogue Readies To Close.” WBUR. (Boston, MA), June 16, 2015. Accessed August 14, 2019. https://www.wbur.org/news/2015/06/16/revere-synagogue-tifereth-israel.
  3. Shuman, Cary. “Congregation Tifereth Israel Comes Down to Make Way for Veterans Housing.” Revere Journal. (Revere, MA), November 3, 2017. Accessed August 14, 2019. http://reverejournal.com/2017/11/03/congregation-tifereth-israel-comes-down-to-make-way-for-veterans-housing/

Chronology

1912
Congregation Tifereth Israel is established in Revere, Massachusetts.
2015
Congregation Tifereth Israel closes.

Extent

2 linear feet (2 document boxes)

Overview

Congregation Tifereth Israel was an Orthodox synagogue established in Revere, Massachusetts in 1912 and which closed in 2015. The collection consists primarily of financial and business records related to the operation of the synagogue and cemeteries.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ira Novoselsky, October 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Shannon Struble, 2019.
Title
Congregation Tifereth Israel (Revere, Mass.) Records, JHCI-012
Status
Completed
Author
Shannon Struble
Date
2019
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Repository

Contact:
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116 United States
617-226-1245