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Sale of Ymha-hecht House to Aid Jewish Community Groups Plan New Centers

The YMHA-Hecht House, Boston’s oldest and largest Jewish Community Center, will be sold this fall to the Lena Park Housing Development Corp., a non-profit organization composed of Dorchester area residents, it was announced by the Associated Jewish Community Centers and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies. The sale was made possible through a grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funds from the sale of the YMHA-Hecht House, located in a changing neighborhood, will enable AJCC and CJP to plan for community centers in new areas of Jewish growth where they are urgently needed. Leonard Kaplan, president of AJCC, said the AJCC will continue to provide on-going services to the Jewish residents of the area. A kosher kitchen and several golden age clubs will be maintained in the Hecht House, which will now be known as the Lena Park Neighborhood Service Center.