The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

We preserve the historic Vilna Shul and perpetuate an enduring Jewish identity in Boston through education, community partnerships, exhibitions and the celebration of holiday and life-cycle events. We are dedicated to fostering awareness and inspiring historical, cultural and spiritual connections.

18 Phillips Street, Boston, MA 02114

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As soon as people find out that there is a little historic synagogue on Beacon Hill, they begin to learn something new. Many people do not realize that just blocks away from the homes of some of Boston's wealthiest residents are the former tenements of some of its poorest. Once deemed an undesirable neighborhood, Jewish immigrants lived, worked and prayed throughout this neighborhood that once included the north slope of Beacon Hill and the old West End. A Lithuanian Jewish immigrant congregation that called itself Anshei Vilner (the people of Vilnius), placed the cornerstone for a little synagogue at 18 Phillips Street on Beacon Hill in 1919. Although the last member of Anshei Vilner Congregation left the building in 1985, the synagogue, better known as the Vilna Shul, is full of activity again. The Vilna is now a destination and a place of learning for anyone interested in Jewish history, culture and spirituality. It is a must-see historic site for visitors to Boston and a unique community venue for concerts, speakers, films and Jewish life cycle events.

Upcoming Event:

  • Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich--July 1st-Sept. 30th 2014

    More than 70 years after its horrors unfolded, the Holocaust still has stories to reveal and lessons to share. One of...

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    Tue, Jul 1 - Tue, Sep 30, 2014

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  • Embracing the Journey of Spanish Jewry: An Evening of Music, A Fusion of Traditions

    Celebrate Sephardic Cultures at the Vilna Shul this fall! From Spain to Morocco, Greece, Turkey, Israel, South America, Mexico, Cuba...

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    Sun, Sep 14, 2014

Lexington, Russian Icons & Contemporary New England Sculpture

During a recent visit to Boston, a friend and I decided to visit the environs...

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