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Jewish Neighborhood Voices

New at the JHC! Explore “Jewish Neighborhood Voices,” an online exhibit based on oral histories with individuals growing up in three historically Jewish neighborhoods of Greater Boston in the 1920s through the 1950s.


The Chelsea Carol Incident of 1949

December 11, 2023

In this webinar, Dr. Miriam Mora discusses a story she uncovered in her research in the archives of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center: How a Jewish family’s 1949 request for inclusivity around Christmas carols and pageants in their public school led to a widespread misunderstanding, and eventually caused panic and uproar within the Jewish community of Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Presented by Dr. Miriam Eve Mora

Introducing Jewish Neighborhood Voices

November 30, 2023

Based on oral histories with 20 individuals growing up in the neighborhoods of Chelsea, Dorchester and Roxbury, and Lynn in the 1920s through the 1950s, this exhibit combines recorded stories with photographs and archival material from JHC collections—to bring these historical Jewish neighborhoods to life.

“Israel Is We”: Jewish Americans and the New Nation State

May 18, 2023

In the midst of the contemporary American debate about Israel, Dr. Miriam Mora centers the historical context of the creation of a Jewish Nation State in 1948, and its impact on American Jewish identity.

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Bring JHC to your Community!

We offer a variety of programs featuring stories and themes from our archival collections. In addition to programs scheduled at our Boston location, JHC staff members are available to talk to your school, synagogue, community center, or organization, for in-person or virtual presentations.