Lay Cornerstone of Norwood Synagogue

The Norwood congregation laid the corner stone for their new synagogue yesterday afternoon. There was a considerable attendance from the congregations of the other churches of the town.

Rev. David M. Shohet, rabbi of the Fowler Street Synagogue in Boston, and Rabbi J. A. Bankovitz officiated, and Rev. Charles Hastings Brown, pastor of Grace Episcopal Church also took part in the exercises. Among those prominent in civic affairs who participated were Hon. Frank G. Allen and Hon. Elihu D. Stone. Abraham Alpert delivered an address.

The new buliding which is to be the synagogue, will stand at 933 Washington Street, almost directly opposite the plant of the Norwood Press. This will be the first synagogue in the history of the town, and it is the result of 17 years of labor since the local congregation was first granted a State charter. Some 24 years ago the first Jewish family came to this town, in the persons of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Cushing, who now reside at 893 Washington Street. Since that date the little group has been constantly increasing and a Jewish Women’s Club and a Hebrew School are now numbered among the activities.

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