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Jews of Boston, The
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Blue Hill Avenue. The G & G. The West End. Revere Beach. The North End. The Workmen's Circle. Hecht House. The Franklin Park Theater. The YMHA. The Jews of Boston, a WGBH produced documentary, tells the story of America's sixth-largest Jewish community -- from its tentative beginnings through its emergence in the 20th century as one of the country most influential. The program traces the story of Boston's Jew's from the city's early puritan days to the ERA of the Jewish North End, the changing face of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan, the West End's rise and fall and the Jewish population's movement to Boston's suburbs. The film draws on both historical chronology and personal remembrances for a candid look at what "being Jewish" means to a roster of prominent and lesser-known folks. This new WGBH special was inspired by the book The Jews of Boston, edited by Jonathan D. Sarna and Ellen smith and published by Combined Jewish philanthropies of greater Boston on the occasion of its 1995 centenary. While not literally based on the book, THE JEWS OF BOSTON DOCUMENTARY DOES DRAW UPON IT AS THE BACKDROP FOR A MORE ANECDOTAL APPROACH TO A VIBRANT SUBJECT. THE PROGRAM'S PRODUCERS LIKEWISE RECEIVED GENEROUS COOPERATION FROM THE AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN WALTHAM.

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Local Communities
Race and Ethnicity
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