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Grave Reality

A cemetery for people once not allowed to be buried here

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ews didn’t win the right to be buried in Massachusetts until 1844, and even then the state’s first legally authorized Jewish cemetery was relegated to then-distant East Boston. The Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery’s evolution reflects the expansion of the Jewish population in Boston. Among those buried there: Isaac Rosnosky, the first Jewish member of the state House of Representatives, elected in 1883.



One-fifth of the total cost of building the Bunker Hill Monument, or $10,000, was provided by a Jewish merchant and shipowner, Judah Touro.