On the evening of April 18, 1775, the sexton of the Old North Church climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were heading to Lexington and Concord (just a few miles from Boston) by sea and not by land. This fateful event sparked the American Revolution and assured Paul Revere’s place in American history. No matter what means of transportation you take to get to the city of Boston, you will love the time you spend here.
The Boston area ranks seventh in Jewish population among U.S. metropolitan areas. The surrounding communities of Brighton, Brookline, Cambridge and Newton have vibrant and well-attended synagogues, restaurants, day schools and community centers that are enriched by a highly educated lay and professional leadership – many with ties to the large number of prestigious colleges and universities in the area, including Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Hebrew College, Boston University, Boston College and Brandeis University.
For a look at Boston Jewish life in Beacon Hill before the Second World War, visit The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture. Built in 1919, it is the last remaining immigrant era synagogue in the city of Boston and offers a variety of historical and cultural events every month.