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Vilna Shul, Boston''s Center for Jewish Culture
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.
The Vilna Shul is an ideal place to learn about Jewish history and culture for ages 12 and up. Discussion subjects can range from European pre-war Jewish life to architecture, American Jewish history, synagogue construction, museum studies and local history. For younger audiences, please call the number below to discuss how the Vilna can help your children learn.
Address: 18 Phillips Street, Boston MA 02114
Phone: (617) 523-2324
Visiting hours are Wednesday to Friday, 11 am - 5 pm with guided tours at 1pm and 3pm. Summer hours include Sundays following Passover through Thanksgiving from 1pm - 5pm with guided tours at 2pm and 4pm. We are closed on Saturdays.
For group tours or to make an appointment at other times, please call (617) 523-2324.