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Congregation Anshei Libovitz (Boston, Mass.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: I-103

Scope and Content Note

Congregation Anshei Libovitz was founded in 1890. In 1898 or 1899, the congregation left its old synagogue in Downtown Boston and purchased the African Meeting House at 8 Smith Court in Beacon Hill. This building, which had previously belonged to the First African Baptist Church (the first black church in Boston) and served as a center of the abolitionist movement, was the congregation’s synagogue until 1972 when it was sold to the Museum of Afro-American History. The congregation’s cemetery is located in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Dates

  • undated, 1894-1965

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English and Yiddish.

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Historical Note

Congregation Anshei Libovitz was founded in 1890. In 1898 or 1899, the congregation left its old synagogue in Downtown Boston and purchased the African Meeting House at 8 Smith Court in Beacon Hill. This building, which had previously belonged to the First African Baptist Church (the first black church in Boston) and served as a center of the abolitionist movement, was the congregation’s synagogue until 1972 when it was sold to the Museum of Afro-American History. The congregation’s cemetery is located in Woburn, Massachusetts.

References

  1. Clingan, Carol. “Massachusetts Synagogues and Their Records, Past and Present.” http://jgsgb.org/pdfs/MassSynagogues.pdf
  2. Horton, James Oliver. Landmarks of African American History. 57-58. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005
  3. Kaufman, David. “Temples in the American Athens: A History of the Synagogues of Boston." In The Jews of Boston, edited by Jonathan D. Sarna, Ellen Smith, and Scott Martin Kosofsky, 188. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Chronology

1890
Congregation Anshei Libovitz is founded.
1898 or 1899
The congregation purchases and moves to 8 Smith Court in Beacon Hill.
1972
The congregation closes and sells its building to the Museum of African American History Boston.

Extent

3.5 linear feet (4 manuscript boxes and 1 OS box)

Abstract

Congregation Anshei Libovitz (alternatively referred to as Lebowitz, Libawitz, Libavitz, and Lebavitz) was founded in 1890 in Downtown Boston. The collection contains meeting minutes and financial records that provide information on the congregation’s membership and the day-to-day management of the synagogue.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Amir Zelinger, 2018
Title
Guide to the Congregation Anshei Libovitz (Boston, Mass.) Records, I-103
Author
Processed by Amir Zelinger
Date
2018
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

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