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Boston Sites Nearby to Consider Visiting While in Boston
The area of Brookline known as Coolidge Corner and particularly Harvard Street is home to synagogues, restaurants and retail shops. Often referred to as Jewish Boston.
Boston is a city reflecting over four hundred years of history. The Freedom Trail is a natural place to start.
Located in downtown Boston, steps away from the waterfront, Faneuil Hall Boston is alive today as it was in 1742 when our nation’s fathers proclaimed it “The Cradle of Liberty.”
Many retailers and eateries are found in Boston’s iconic mixed use festival marketplace, and street musicians and performers continually entertain the crowds.
The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.
The breathtaking world-class building on the Boston waterfront – very close to the Westin - opened in 2006 and houses major permanent collections of 20th and 21st century art as well as important visiting exhibitions.
The New England Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, and is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation.
The wide-ranging exhibits come from its collection of thousands of aquatic animals, and include shark and ray touch tank on the east coast as well as the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef home to Myrtle the green sea turtle and hundreds of other Caribbean animals.
For the Jewish Visitor to Boston
This historic synagogue, nearly 100 years old, is now known as the Vilna Shul/Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, and is full of activity once 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. It is a cultural center, a place where the history of Boston's Jews can be shared and enjoyed by everyone and where Boston Jewish life thrives once again.
The New England Holocaust Memorial is a unique place to visit - an outdoor space, open and accessible to the public at all times. It is located in Carmen Park on Congress Street near Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail.
The Memorial is designed around six luminous glass towers, each reaching 54 feet high, and each lit internally from top to bottom. Striking home are the millions of numbers that are etched in the glass, representing the infamous tattoos inscribed on many of the victims’ arms.
Mayyim Hayyim makes mikveh accessible and meaningful for the full diversity of the Jewish community. A local treasure and an international model since 2004, it can be seen as a model of cooperation between diverse Jewish communities and what can be accomplished with organization and philanthropy. A bus tour to Mayyim Hayyim in Newton can be arranged if enough are interested.
Boston Area Kosher Restaurants
Café Eilat - Dairy - 404 Harvard St.
Pizza, pasta, some wraps, panni, fish, salad, some Mexican items. RCNE*
Kosher Wok – Meat – 423 Harvard St.
Wide range of Chinese food. Website has not caught up with change in management. Rabbi Aaron Hamaoui.
Pure Cold Press Juice & Salad – Dairy - 326 Harvard St.
617 - 487-8948
Cold pressed juices, acai bowls, smoothies, salads sandwiches and soups. RCNE
Rami’s – Meat – 324 Harvard St.
Falafel, shawarma, kabobs, schnitzel, hamburger, plus veggie options. RCNE
Vittorio’s Kosher Grill – Meat
Specialties include burgers, falafel, humus and Tahini. RCNE
Blackers Bakery – Pareve
Nut free, and vegan options
Stop & Shop in-store bakery
155 Harvard St. Most items dairy
JP Licks - Dairy 311 - Harvard St.
Ice cream and baked goodies. RCNE
Milk Street Café – Dairy - 50 Milk Street
Casual health-conscious kosher spot with breakfast & lunch options for varied restricted diets. Orth. Rabbinical Council.
*Rabbinical Council of New England