The Adams Street Shul opened with great fanfare during Chanukah of 1912. Exactly one hundred years later --- on December 15, 2012 (the eighth night of Chanukah) --- the synagogue will host a gala event to celebrate its past and future.
Notable guest speakers include historian Ellen Smith, who will speak on the history of The Adams Street Shul in the context of Newton and Boston history; and Barry Shrage, president of president of Boston’s Jewish Federation, who will speak of the current importance of Newton's oldest synagogue to the broader Jewish community. The synagogue, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, maintains an online historical tour.
The celebration includes a wine and cheese reception, live klezmer music, a Torah procession (as at the opening 100 years ago), a Chanukah candle-lighting, and more. The event begins at 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required and may be made online.
"It is unusual for a congregation to remain in its original location, and even in its original building, for so long," says Adams Street's Rabbi Norbert Weinberg.
For more information, phone the event coordinator Beri Gilfix at 617-332-6140; or email the synagogue president Benyomin Fleischmann at President@AdamsStreet.org.