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Vilna Shul descendants honor their heritage

Descendants of original emigre members of the Beacon Hill synagogue, located by genealogical research, gathered to honor its heritage

Barry Oshry stood in the sanctuary of downtown Boston’s last intact immigrant-era synagogue, the Vilna Shul, clutching a sheaf of photocopied documents. His eyes filled with tears.

He held a copy of his father’s 1897 petition for naturalization. David Oshry had come from a village in Lithuania with his younger siblings, crossing the ocean to Canada, and then traveling by train to Boston at age 16.

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