Welcome to “Jewish Neighborhood Voices,” a project of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) that documents Jewish life in three Greater Boston Jewish communities in the first half of the 20th century.
Based on oral histories with 20 individuals growing up in the neighborhoods of Chelsea, Dorchester and Roxbury, and Lynn in the 1920s through the 1950s, this exhibit combines recorded stories with photographs and archival material from JHC collections—to bring these historical Jewish neighborhoods to life. You can listen to the full oral histories on the JHC’s Digital Archive.
In this exhibit, you will hear the voices of our narrators as they recall and relive their formative experiences with immigrant parents and grandparents, with Jewish customs and American life, and with the neighborhoods themselves. You can explore their stories by neighborhood, theme, or individual.
Join us to visit these vibrant Jewish neighborhoods of the past!
Visit the neighborhoods
Explore the Themes
Meet the Narrators
Learn About the Project
About the Project
A project of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at American Ancestors, “Jewish Neighborhood Voices” is a collection of oral histories about the Jewish experience in three Massachusetts communities in the first half of the 20th century. Learn more about the goals, methods, participants, and supporters of the project.
Watch a Webinar
Webinar: Introducing Jewish Neighborhood Voices
On Thursday, November 30, 2023, JHC staff gave a webinar about "Jewish Neighborhood Voices," which takes viewers on a tour of the online exhibit and gives background about the JHC's process for conducting and exhibiting oral histories.