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The Vilna Scribe Fall 2015 Image

The Vilna Scribe Fall 2015

Our latest newsletter is now available online.

Layers of colorful history revealed at Boston’s ‘comeback shul’ Image

Layers of colorful history revealed at Boston’s ‘comeback shul’

Last week, an article ran in The Times of Israel about the Vilna as a scene for Jewish renewal. You can read Matt Lebovic's article.

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Boston’s Vilna Shul Connects Present With the Past

This past week a piece came out on the Vilna Shul's efforts to bring together the descendants of the original synagogue's founding members courtesy of our friends at the Jewish Daily Forward. Are you a descendant of the Vilna? Well we want to hear from…

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It’s Finally Here! Our Spring Newsletter Now Available

Our latest Scribe Newsletter is now available online for reading, printing, and sharing! Click on the envelope below to download and explore our latest newsletter. If you or your friends and family would like to receive a hard copy of the Scribe in the…

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Our Latest Scribe Newsletter Now Available Online

Click on the link below to explore our latest newsletter.  Inside you can: -Meet our volunteers and staff -Read letters from our leadership and new staff member Rosa Franck -Hear about our Fall kickoff event celebrating Sephardic cultures -See a…

The Vilna Names First Ever Director of Development Image

The Vilna Names First Ever Director of Development

Rosa Kramer Franck has been named Director of Development at the Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture (BCJC). Franck, who will begin her post on July 2nd, brings over 13 years of diverse development experience and exceptional leadership…

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The Vilna Shul Honors Community Leaders

The Vilna Gala: Honoring our Community Leaders On June 19th, the Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture, hosted nearly two hundred guests of all ages at its annual tribute gala.  This year’s event titled "Generations Together,”…

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Vilna Scribe Spring 2014 Newsletter

Click on the link below to explore our latest newsletter. Inside you will find: -Letters from our leadership and staff -A calendar of our upcoming programs for the spring season -Meet our 2014 recipients of the Zvi R. Cohen Leadership and Legacy award…

Vilna Shul’s First Ever Descendants’ Day Featured in Boston Globe Image

Vilna Shul’s First Ever Descendants’ Day Featured in Boston Globe

Vilna Shul welcomes over 100 guests to honor Congregation's founders.

The Vilna SCRIBE Fall 2013 Image

The Vilna SCRIBE Fall 2013

Our latest newsletter is now available online.

The Vilna Shul Names New Executive Director Image

The Vilna Shul Names New Executive Director

July 3, 2013   Barnet Kessel has been named executive director of the The Vilna Shul.  Kessel, who will begin his post on July 22nd, brings over 24 years of business experience and exceptional leadership in the Jewish community. He is currently…

Synagogue Reconstruction by Local Artisans Unveiled at Warsaw Museum Image

Synagogue Reconstruction by Local Artisans Unveiled at Warsaw Museum

Before our current exhibition, Recreating the Tapestry, went on display in 2006, another exhibition shined at the Vilna Shul. Continuity: Traditions of Jewish Art and Architecture explored the world of design within synagogue walls, weaving a thread of…

The Vilna SCRIBE Spring 2013 Image

The Vilna SCRIBE Spring 2013

Contents: A Message From the President of the Board of Directors Before I Go – Thank You for the Blessings Fresh New Programs for Spring and Summer Planned Giving at the Vilna Havurah on the Hill Calendar of Events Vilna Scribe Spring 2013

Google vs. Facebook Debated at the Vilna Shul

Published October 22, 2010 on BeaconHill.Patch.com By Travis Lovett Panelists at Beacon Hill’s Vilna Shul debate who will emerge the victor in the social media arena. Place your bets: Its Facebook vs. Google in a war for control over the Web and,…

Vilna Shul to honor Dr. David Starr at Legacy of Learning event

The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, will be honoring Rabbi David Starr, PhD on Sunday, September 13th, 2009 with the Zvi R. Cohen Leadership and Legacy Award.  Dr. David B. Starr,Vice President of Community Education at Hebrew…

Vilna Shul wins $90,800 to restore wall murals

June 16, 2009, the Vilna Shul along with eleven other historic sites in Greater Boston received a grant as part of the Partners in Preservation program, funded by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The winners of…

November’s Speaker: Jeff Taylor

Date: November 5th, 2008 Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm Jeff Taylor is a founder of the online jobs site Monster.com and currently the CEO of Eons, Inc., a website for people over age 50. Recently he founded Tributes.com (a spin off from Eons.com). Taylor is a…

The Encyclopedia of American Jewish History Discussion

Professors Stephen H. Norwood and Eunice G. Pollack, editors of The Encyclopedia of American Jewish History will be at the Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips Street, Boston, MA 02114 on Sunday June 15, 2008 from 2 – 5 PM to discuss their new publication. The encyclopedia…

Vilna Shul Speakers’ Series: Ed Zander

Tuesday, May 27, 2008: Ed Zander will step down as the Chairman of the Board of Motorola at the end of May, a position he has held since 2004 and has served as the CEO at Motorola from 2004 through January 2008. Before coming to Motorola, Zander was with…

Vilna Shul Speakers’ Series: EnerTech Panel

Tuesday, May 20, 2008: This panel discussion will be moderated by Bill Aulet, Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Entrepreneur in Residence, and include three leading Venture Capitalists and three leading Entrepreneurs.