Congregation Ahabat Shalom of Lynn City Lodge Ceme

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Congregation Ahabat Shalom of Lynn City Lodge Ceme

Also known as Lynn City Lodge Cemetery

Location
Main Street
North Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 01864 USA
Phone 800-752-jcam
Website
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The cemetery of the Lynn-based Jewish Congregation Ahabat Shalom was established between c.1895 and 1905 in the Walnut Corner section of North Reading. This place of interment was set out over former farm land that may have been owned by a W. F. Chisholm or a member of the Batchelder family.

The cemetery is not indicated on the 1889 Middlesex County Atlas but does appear on the 1906 Atlas. According to Jonathan D. Sarna and Ellen Smith in The Jews of Boston, Congregation Ahabat Shalom's first house of worship was built in 1905 on Church Street in Lynn. The possibility remains that this Congregation's members could have been organized earlier with services taking place in private residences and that the cemetery may predate the synagogue's completion.

A staff member of the synagogue, now located at 151 Ocean Street in Lynn, indicated that there is little or no information on the history of this cemetery. Congregation Ahabat Shalom began as an Orthodox immigrant congregation with members with roots in central and eastern Europe. Judging by the names on the markers it would seem a significant percentage of the early twentieth century congregation were Russian Orthodox Jews. As pioneers with no roots in the host community, the congregation may have chosen seemingly remote North Reading for the location of their cemetery for reasons associated with prejudice on the part of non Jewish Lynn property owners who did wish to have the newcomers in their midst, lack of available land in heavily built-up early 1900s industrial Lynn or simply that the price of the North Reading land was more affordable for an emergent immigrant congregation, than what might have been available closer to Boston.

The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as NRE.803 Congregation Ahabat Sholum Cemetery.

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GPS Coordinates: 42.5897, -71.11643

  • Added: 29 Jun 2006
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2180581