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Congregation Hadrath Israel
Synagogue Berean Chapel
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 Chapter Three of The Synagogues of Dorchester by Richard Heath, September 2004.

235 Woodrow Avenue

Originally used by Berea Chapel of Dorchester Temple Baptist Church, dedicated in 1900.

Congregation Hadrath Israel



Bought by Congregation Hadrath Israel on November 19, 1919
(Deed in Book 4181, page 72. Plan in Book 3641, page 61)

Remodeled into Synagogue presumably with crenellated towers in 1929, William L. Minor, architect, permit July 25, 1929.

Text of

Berean Chapel Dedicated from Boston Herald May 15, 1900.

The Berean Chapel, a branch of the Dorchester Temple Baptist Church of the Dorchester district, was formally dedicated last evening with appropriate exercises. The exercises were attended by a large congregation.

The services began with the singing of a hymn, which was followed by an anthem rendered by the Dorchester Temple Baptist Church choir. After a scripture reading by the Rev. Lyman R. Sweet, prayer was offered by the Rev. George E. Horr, D.D. The sermon was delivered by the Rev. George C. Lorimer, pastor of Tremont Temple. The report of the building committee was made by Mr. Herbert A. Bryant and Mr. George B. Rowbotham. The financial statement was made by Mr. Albert H. Curtis.

In his sermon, Dr. Lorimer congratulated the neighborhood on the acquisition of the beautiful chapel, and expressed a desire for its future welfare. The chapel is the outgrowth of a Bible school established by the Dorchester Temple Church, assisted by the Massachusetts Baptist Sunday School Association. It is located on Lauriat Avenue, near Blue Hill Avenue. The first session was held Jan 31, 1897, in a vacant storeroom. In January, 1899, members of Dorchester Temple made pledges toward the construction of the chapel. In addition, the Boston Baptist Mission Society and delegates to the Massachusetts Baptist state convention have largely contributed.

The chapel is located on a lot of 13,000 square feet of land, which will be adequate for a main building when required. The total cost of the land and building is $8500 [nearly unreadable, possibly $5900]. In the front of the chapel is a large stained glass window, the gift of the Tremont Temple Bible school.

The building committee comprised George B. Rowbotham, Albert H. Curtis and Herbert A. Bryant. The committee on the chapel work now consists of Herbert A. Bryant, Richard B. Coles, Arthur E. Smith and Mrs. Ellen D. Young.

The exercises will conclude Saturday afternoon. On Tuesday evening a Christian Endeavor rally will be held, and on Wednesday evening a congratulatory and fraternal greeting will be received from the Baptist organizations and various denominations., A reception under the direction of the Berean Ladies? Circle will be held Thursday evening, and on Saturday afternoon a boys and girls? rally will be held.



Hadrath Israel
Synagogue Hadrath Israel
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 235 Woodrow Avenue, April 1998.

In 2003, this building housed the Faithful Church of Christ.

Hadrath Israel
Synagogue Hadrath Israel
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 235 Woodrow Avenue, April 1998.

In 2003, this building housed the Faithful Church of Christ.

235 Woodrow Avenue
Synagogue Hadrath Israel map
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 Map detail from City of Boston online, showing the location of 235 Woodrow Avenue.

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