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The Vilna Shul is Boston's only authentic Jewish historical, cultural and spritiual site. Located on the North Slope of Beacon Hill, the Old Back of Town, the Vilna continues to be a place of learning (shul) and is portal that allows visitors to...more
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18 Phillips St, Boston, MA 02114-3711
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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Last year we visited the US east coast, NYC, Boston, Arcadia and so on. One of the best things i kept in mind from our four week trip was Peggy and the Vilna School. What a wonderful two hour experience. I can recommend going in...More

1  Thank Andreas B
Reviewed 22 October 2017

We visited off a cruise and did not expect it to be open but they let us in. There is some history about Vilna and how the synagogue was formed, it is not easy to find up in Beacon Hill. Worth a visit if you...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

This synagogue has been here since the early 1900's. It is being restored slowly as funding is needed. Tours are free and should be booked ahead although not necessary. You might want to make sure it is open. The staff are happy to give you...More

Thank Shelley R
Reviewed 31 July 2017

The Vilna Shul is truly a gem. You step back in time to Boston's early 20th century Jewish community, which thrived on Beacon Hill, and in the West and North Ends. The last of the dozens of Jewish synagogues in those neighborhoods to close, the...More

Thank mousebooks
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Our visit to the Vilna Shul was an unexpected delight. Our docent gave an excellent description of the historical significance of this building and the "pioneers" who first gathered there as a community. It was especially interesting to observe the restoration efforts, and the hidden...More

1  Thank Craig M
Reviewed 20 July 2017

This former Lithuanian synagogue is historic and fascinating. The docent was excellent giving us the history of this former orthodox synagogue. It is now a cultural center in need of funds to return it to its glory. We hope they find an angel to achieve...More

1  Thank jbwhitehouse
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I was visiting a friend in Boston who suggesting touring this small, historic synagogue. I am glad I agreed to go because the history of the building and the Jewish community in Boston are very interesting. The tour guide was informative and friendly. I highly...More

1  Thank Lori Elizabeth S
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Vilna Shul is a historic meeting house - and there is a living congregation there -- even today.

Thank Maynard C
Reviewed 4 August 2016

I found this shul completely by accident as I walked on the Black Heritage Trail on Beacon Hill. Knowledgable staff, accessible hIstory and beautifully preserved murals. This turned out to be a highlight of my trip to Boston.

Thank Janice W
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Currently the subject of preservation works to the plaza and the historic gates. The place evokes the East European feel and one can readily imagine the special atmosphere on High Holy days

Thank David G
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Beacon Hill
Visit this historic and ritzy Boston neighborhood to
soak up its classic New England charm as you stroll
down cobblestoned, gas-lamp lined streets. Bring your
walking shoes, camera, and select a nice day to wander
through the hilly neighborhood and check out its
exclusive addresses. Louisburg Square, Mt. Vernon
street, Chestnut street and the extremely narrow and
widely photographed Acorn street make a nice walking
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