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Merrimack Valley

April 12, 2008

Hadassah highlights Jewish history in Lawrence


Despite the decline, Comerchero said fellow Jews have not forgotten Lawrence by volunteering at schools or local organizations.

"This is something very important for all of us and we don't want to move away and forget it," Comerchero said.

Jews in Lawrence

The first Jewish arrivals settled in the Common, Valley, Concord and Lowell street area.

They started moving to the Tower Hill section in the 1920s.

They built Temple Emanuel and Congregation Tifereth Israel, both on Lowell Street and Jewish Community Center on Haverhill Street. The synagogues have since moved to Andover and the center is now owned by the city.

Jewish merchants specialized in dry goods and retail shops, including the finest men's clothing stores. Among them was Kaps, which opened in 1902 by Lithuanian native Elias Kapelson and Sandlers Department Store, operated by three brothers, who also came from Lithuania.

Congregation Ansha Sholum on Hampshire Street is the only synagogue in the city and one of the oldest in New England.

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