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JCAM Charitable Foundation

Creation of the Mystic River Jewish Exhibit Hall

VaultThe JCAM Charitable Foundation, Inc. plans to restore the existing Ohabei Shalom Chapel into an interactive public display called the “Mystic River Jewish Exhibit Hall”.  Through computerized imagery and state-of-the-art technology, visitors will be guided on a virtual tour to experience what life was like for the early Jewish communities along the Mystic River of Greater Boston: East Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Somerville, Revere, Winthrop and, of course, Revere Beach.

Each section will contain information such as the following:

  • European Roots of each Community
  • Video/Audio of Oral Histories
  • Synagogues
  • Photographs
  • Jewish Youth Centers
  • Articles/Artifacts
  • Archives
  • Population
  • Cemeteries
  • Yahrzeit Boards

The chapel Exhibit Hall at the historic Ohabei Shalom Cemetery, founded in 1844, will be a unique experience for visitors and educational groups to take in the sights, sounds, stories and artifacts from those towns along the Mystic River that bubbled with Jewish life, faith, music, culture, business and enthusiasm. The Mystic River Jewish Exhibit Hall will truly make this site Boston’s premier Jewish tourist and visitor destination!

You can help restore and preserve the memories and history of the Jewish communities along the Mystic River.  We need* photographs and artifacts to display in the Exhibit Hall, oral histories to record, and volunteers to help with this exciting project. To help, click on the online “Help Us” form. A representative will contact you. Also, you can make a tax-deductible monetary donation to the project, please click on "Donations."   Your support is greatly appreciated.

Together we can bring back the vibrant spirit of our pioneering ancestors who worked hard and sacrificed much for our future.  Now the future is here and we owe it to them to cherish and uphold their memories and make them our own. Help us save the Ohabei Shalom Chapel and open the doors to the new Mystic River Jewish Exhibit Hall!  Thank you.

*All materials such as photographs, articles, and printed matter will be reproduced and original items returned to their owners.

Crawford St. Signing

Artist rendering of the refurbished Ohabei Shalom Chapel

Mystic River Jewish Exhibit Hall Conceptual Design Plan

The JCAM Charitable Foundation is moving forward with plans to restore and transform the historic Ohabei Shalom Chapel into the Mystic River Jewish Exhibit Hall. The Exhibit Hall will bring the richness of Jewish life, culture, family and business found in the early Mystic River communities of East Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop in a unique, educational, and historical setting; making this Boston’s premier Jewish tourist and visitor destination.

The Exhibit Hall will be designed with state-of-the-art computerized imagery throughout. The oral histories recorded through videotaping and artifacts attractively displayed will allow visitors to interactively hear and learn what life was like in these bustling immigrant neighborhoods.

The design of the Exhibit Hall will reflect the “chapelness” of the existing building, being mindful of the Victorian era in which it was built, yet allowing 21st century innovation and technology to meld the legacy of the past with the advancement of Boston’s Jewish culture into the future.  Click here to learn more about the Mystic River Jewish Exhibit Hall plans.