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The Vilna Shul

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Address: 18 Phillips St, Boston, MA 02114-3711
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+1 617-523-2324
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Vilna Shul is Boston's only authentic Jewish historical, cultural and...

The Vilna Shul is Boston's only authentic Jewish historical, cultural and spritiual site. Located on the North Slope of Beacon Hill, the Old Back of Town, the Vilna continues to be a place of learning (shul) and is portal that allows visitors to step back in time just by walking in the door.

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Interesting Piece of Bostonian-Jewish History

I was visiting a friend in Boston who suggesting touring this small, historic synagogue. I am glad I agreed to go because the history of the building and the Jewish community in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 18, 2016
Lori Elizabeth S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

I was visiting a friend in Boston who suggesting touring this small, historic synagogue. I am glad I agreed to go because the history of the building and the Jewish community in Boston are very interesting. The tour guide was informative and friendly. I highly recommend this site, which will take only 45 minutes at most to tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

The Vilna Shul is a historic meeting house - and there is a living congregation there -- even today.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

I found this shul completely by accident as I walked on the Black Heritage Trail on Beacon Hill. Knowledgable staff, accessible hIstory and beautifully preserved murals. This turned out to be a highlight of my trip to Boston.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Currently the subject of preservation works to the plaza and the historic gates. The place evokes the East European feel and one can readily imagine the special atmosphere on High Holy days

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016

After visiting all the major sites in Boston along the Freedom trail,my 20 year old and I decided to visit the Vilna shul,the only remaining shul in the city of Boston .Though no longer in use it now serves as a small museum that shows the history of the Jews in Boston. The tour was given by Rachel and she... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

The Vilna Shul is a monument to a period of Beacon Hill history in which Jewish immigrants made up most of the population of the back of the hill. The building is modest, and as such is an excellent example of a typical synagogue attended by Jewish immigrants at the turn of the 20th century. Today it operates as a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

The story of the eastern European Jews who crossed the ocean to make a new home in Boston is a significant part of America's history, and this former synagogue has been re-purposed to tell that story, which includes some unique cultural adaptations. The museum exhibits tell the story of the ordinary immigrants, but a linkage was discovered between this museum... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting visit to the only immigration era Jewish house of worship extant in Boston, worthy of a visit and donations to assist in its restoration.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2015

I really enjoyed my first time experience visiting the Shul, hearing about it's past, meeting new people and hearing about the building renovation plans. I look forward to my next visit !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2015

This is a very important historical landmark, now housing a museum and cultural center. When I lived in Beacon Hill, it was a synagogue, and they would bring a Rabbi in for a holiday service. The community was gone, and they were going to tear it down, then a group got together and saved it. How fantastic. What an inspiration.

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