Boston Jewish History Ride

Written by Boston Biker on May 25

Got this in the email, looks like fun if you are into jewish history (and might be a chance to score some good food also!)

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Boston Jewish History Bike Ride Sunday June 10th

This is a Boston Cyclists Union Ride
Co-Sponsored by the Jewish Labor Committee, the Workmen’s Circle, the
Franklin Park Coalition, Kahal B’Raira and the Dorchester Historical
Society,

Location:
Franklin Park Zoo, at the Giraffe entrance
1 Park Road

Meet at 10 AM. This is an all-day ride. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch, so
bring some food along. Helmets Required. Steady rain cancels.

What: From the turn of the 20th Century into the 1960’s, the largest
Jewish community in New England was located in Roxbury, Dorchester, and
Mattapan.

Come join us as we explore the Jewish history of those neighborhoods.

We’ll see the synagogues and homes, Hebrew Schools and the original Hebrew
College, the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (the other “Y”) and the
Home for Destitute Jewish Children, Jewish Memorial Hospital (located on the
site of the original Beth Israel Hospital), the Workmen’s Circle building
next to the Franklin Park Theater (performances in Yiddish), and places to
get food, like Kosher butchers, delicatessens and the largest Kosher
catering hall in New England (it wouldn’t be Jewish without places to get
a corned-beef sandwich).

We’ll also talk about how and why the Jewish community of Roxbury,
Dorchester, and Mattapan evolved, and answer questions such as: why were the
3 Orthodox synagogues across from each other on Woodrow Avenue?

We’ll meet in Franklin Park, at the Giraffe entrance to the Zoo (off
Seaver Street, across from Schoolboy Stadium).

The ride is about 12 miles and most of it is pretty flat and level (although
we will climb over the top of Elm Hill.

This is a Boston Cyclists Union Ride; Helmets Required; steady rail
cancels.

For more information contact Dick Bauer
857-540-6293.


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