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Courtesy of Sam Gruber

Tour of the Walnut Street Synagogue and Material Culture Workshop

Sunday, December 18, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST
$20 (transportation not included)

Interested in learning how to incorporate material culture into your research and classes? Join Sam Gruber for this hands-on workshop at the Walnut Street Synagogue and Museum. Founded in 1887, the Walnut Street Synagogue is the oldest surviving synagogue in Chelsea, an area of Boston that was one-third Jewish at the time the synagogue was built. The synagogue is home to ceiling frescoes painted by Jewish immigrant artists and a carved Torah Ark was created by a noted Jewish cabinetmaker. Following a tour of the building, we will have workshop using historical artifacts in the synagogue's museum collection. Participants should meet at the synagogue at 8:00 AM. It is a short taxi ride from the hotel.

Judaica Tour, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Monday, December 19, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM EST
$20 (transportation not included)

The Museum Fine Arts houses one of the largest and most diverse encyclopedic collections in the country. In recent years, it also embarked on building a collection of Judaica, now displayed in twelve different galleries throughout the museum according to the period and region of each object. Simona Di Nepi, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Curator of Judaica, will guide participants on a tour of some of the collection’s highlights, sharing the stories behind them, their acquisition and display. Participants should meet at the Museum's Huntington Avenue entrance lobby.