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    South Shore temples come together

    Temple Beth El of Quincy and Temple Shalom of Milton have come together to form Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills. The congregation will serve Milton, Quincy, Dorchester, Hyde Park, and surrounding areas. According to Rabbi Alfred Benjamin, Beth El’s membership had fallen below 30 families, and the temple started looking to close or merge with another temple. “They looked into merging with other congregations in the area . . . and we’re really happy that it was with us, and we’re happy it was with them,” Benjamin said. “We had a lot of people that had connections to that community and people there, so it’s making both of us stronger.” Benjamin will be rabbi of the combined congregation, which has begun looking for a new space in Milton. “Volunteers [are] feverishly working very hard to find and look into any possible space that could work for building a new temple for us here in Milton,” Benjamin said. “We don’t leave any stone unturned.”