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Jewish caretaker tends to historic church pipe organ

Catholic parish has Jewish neighbor to thank for 4 decades of care for 121-year-old instrument

The same majestic pipe organ has filled Charlestown’s soaring St. Mary’s Church with music for 121 years.

But that original, unaltered 3,000-pipe organ would have given up the ghost decades ago if not for an unlikely caretaker: Lee Eiseman, a secular Jew who has spent thousands of volunteer hours toiling on the organ high above the empty church, but who has never sat through an entire Mass.

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