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Free Tour of Jewish Chelsea

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Begin at Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea

60 Tudor Street

Chelsea, MA 02150

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The Gateway Chelsea Project is providing free walking tours that explore Chelsea’s rich Jewish history and evolving present, guided by Dr. Ellen Rovner of Boston University and Brandeis. For over 150 years, and for so many different peoples from all over the globe, “Welcome to Chelsea” has meant “Welcome to America.” Twentieth century Chelsea was home to more Jewish residents per square mile than anywhere outside of New York City. Such rich Jewish culture could scarcely be experienced anywhere else. Today, Chelsea is one of three cities in Massachusetts with a majority Hispanic/Latino population. As its diversity has continued to broaden, its economy has continued to develop, along with its thriving cultural scene.

On our free tours, we will discuss the swell of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe in the early twentieth century, the mark that the growing Jewish population made on this city, and what has changed over the past few decades. We do these tours with the intention of honoring those who have walked before us and forged the ongoing tradition of Chelsea as welcoming port-of-entry for new Americans.

If you register for our tour on Monday, April 9, you will have the option to join us for a $5 vegetarian luncheon with Temple Emmanuel's Sisterhood at the conclusion of our tour! The Sisterhood's luncheons are always light-hearted and fun - if you choose to come, be prepared for humorous skits depicting the 1950s Chelsea we will have spent the morning learning about together.

We hope that you will join us!

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