11. Temple Israel

Street Address: Riverway

Nearest Corner: Riverway and Longwood

Digital & Degree Coordinates: 42.340846, -71.109195; N42 20.451 W71 06.552

View Temple Israel (originally Adath Israel) Temple Israel has several connections to African American History.

In 1965, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Boston and spoke at Passover services at Temple Israel. Boston Jews were very active in the Civil Rights movement and many had been present when King made his famous speech "I Have a Dream" at the 1963 Civil Rights march on Washington, D.C. Several Boston rabbis joined King in 1965 at the clergy march for black voting rights in Selma, Alabama, including an associate rabbi from Temple Israel.

In 1966, Kivie Kaplan, a Boston Jewish philanthropist and civil rights activist, and a member of Temple Israel of Boston, became the national president of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). He worked actively for the success of the organization, speaking nationally on its behalf and seeking financial contributions until his death in 1975.

The original site of Temple Adath Israel is now the Columbus Avenue AME Zion Church, showing the changing landscape of synagogues and churches as populations shifted throughout the 19th and 20th Century.