Jewish Community Life


Left Column (top to bottom)

  • Synagogue Sons of Israel, the oldest synagogue, was chartered in 1894. The 70 Concord Street building was remodeled in 1913. (A) 
  • Synagogue Anshai Sfard, organized in 1900. Synagogue at 85 Concord Street completed in 1907 (B)
  • Both synagogues were lost to urban renewal. The two congregations sub­sequently merged with Tifereth Israel and moved to a new synagogue at 492 Lowell Street on Tower Hill in 1960. Urban Renewal of the 1960's destroyed old downtown neighborhoods. The two synagogues and the YMHA were pushed out. (K) 
  • Temple Emanuel on Lowell Street. (C) 
  • Temple Emanuel in Andover. (D) 

Right Column (top to bottom)

  • Young Men's Hebrew Association (YMHA), 46-48 Concord Street, about 1940. It was also home to the Young Women's Hebrew Association. The YMHA was later named Jewish Community Center of Lawrence. - This building was lost to urban renewal in 1960. (E)
  •  A YMHA basketball team (F) 
  • Solomon Golubzik honored for 52 years of service: Teacher for generations at the Hebrew School on Concord Street, which served all congregations. Also responsible for charity to Jewish visitors in the form of a kosher meal and a place to stay. (H) 
  • Jewish Community Center of Lawrence, 580 Haverhill Street. Opened in 1955; closed in 1990 and sold to the Lawrence Housing Authority. (G) 
  • Ansha Sholum Cemetery, part of Children of Abraham Cemetery at 260 Beacon Street. (I) 


(A) (B) (C) (D) (E) (F) (H) Photos: Courtesy, Lawrence History Center 

(G)(I) Photos: Jurg Siegenthaler 

(H) Solomon Golubzik immigrated from Russia in 1900 in response to an advertisement for a Hebrew teacher. In 1955, friends, along with Brandeis women, established a special book collection in his name. Source: Obituary, Lawrence Eagle Tribune, September 11, 1962. 

(K) Source: Lawrence History Center, Common-Valley-Concord Urban Renewal collection.