June 19, 2024 |

Grade 5 and 7: Jewish Tour of Chelsea

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Sunday, March 26

Depart at 8:30 am & Return at 12:30 pm


Chelsea, the city under the Tobin Bridge near Boston, is the smallest city in Massachusetts – only 2.4 square miles in area. Between 1890 and 1910, the Jewish population in Chelsea increased from 82 individuals to 11,225, most of whom were recently arrived from Russia. In the 1930s, the total population of the city was 46,000, half of whom were Jews!

Today, Chelsea continues to be a home for immigrants. On our tour, we’ll learn about immigrant Jewish culture in Chelsea, with highlights including Katz’s bagels (family owned since 1938), the Walnut Street shul, the Yiddish theatre, and maybe the shvitz (steam baths)! We’ll also learn about immigrants living in Chelsea today, and the organizations working to support them.