Neighborhood Roundup

Online Program Explores ‘Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China’

The Vilna Shul, in partnership with the Falmouth Jewish Congregation, the Worcester JCC and Jewish Book Council, presents an online program called “Jonathan Reed Kaufman The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China” on Thursday, May 6, at 2 p.m.

Admission is free; visit to register for the virtual event.

Nichols House Museum’s Annual Meeting

The Nichols House Museum will hold its annual meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, May 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Join the museum for a review of its 2020 – 2021 highlights from an extraordinary year, followed by a final report on the Museum’s Collections Conservation Project. Paul Kreitler, Project Engineer, Landmark Facilities Group, will present a visual tour of the Museum’s new climate control system at this time.

Register at

FOPG’s 50th Anniversary Virtual Celebration

In lieu of its traditional Green & White Ball this year, the Friends of the Public Garden will present its 50th Anniversary Virtual Celebration via Zoom called “50 Years of Friends: Memories, Moments & Milestones” on Friday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $250 and sponsorships are also available for the event; visit for more information.

Read the Room Book Club to Discuss Louisa May Alcott

The Nichols House Museum’s Read The Room Book Club will discuss “Work” (1873) by Louisa May Alcott on Wednesday, May 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This semi-autobiographical story explores the changing experiences and expectations of women’s work within the 19th-century backdrop of the Civil War, industrialization, Transcendentalism and the women’s rights movement.

The Book Club’s discussion will focus on Alcott’s life in parallel to this story, including her residences on Beacon Hill (around the corner from the Nichols House) and comparisons to members of the Gibson and Nichols households, as well as touch on the filming of Greta Gerwig’s 2019 “Little Women” at the Gibson House.

Register for the online event at

Hill House 2021 Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

Hill House, Inc. located at 127 Mount Vernon S., has officially opened up Summer Camp registration for 2021 campers.

Now in its 22nd year, Hill House Camps (Kiddie Kamp for 3-5 year olds and Day Camp for 5- to 12-year-olds) feature: weekly Day Camp field trips; Kiddie Kamp onsite adventures; expanded enrichment opportunities; sailing, theatre, sports and film camp options; weekly themes; extended day options for Day Campers; and expanded LIT program for 13- to 15-year-olds.

Visit Hill House’s Summer Camp website ( to learn more about all the fun. For more information on registering, contact Chelsea Evered at 617-227-5838 or [email protected].

Online Program on Lithuanian, Israeli, American and Jewish Culinary Histories

The Vilna Shul, in partnership with Lithuanian Culture Institute, General Consulate of Lithuania in New York and Embassy of Lithuania in Israel, presents a free online program called “Lithuanian, Israeli, American, Jewish: Which Food Are You?” on Sunday, May 23, at noon.

To register, visit

Virtual Discussion on “The Evolution of Preservation

The House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston will host a virtual discussion on “The Evolution of Preservation: from Elitism to Equity” on Thursday, May 27, from 6 to 7 p.m.

At this time, Alison Frazee, assistant director of the Boston Preservation Alliance, will consider how historic sites continue to change their practices to be more inclusive, accessible, and intentional so that they can tell the story of everyone’s history through preservation.

Visit to register for the online event.

Imagine Van Gogh Coming Dec. 21 to SoWa

“Imagine Van Gogh,”  more than 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings, is making its debut in Boston on Dec. 21 at the SoWa Power Station.

The exhibition is a contactless experience spanning over 24,000 square feet, with a limited number of guests allowed in on a timed-entry basis, and it will adhere to all safety guidelines established by the Commonwealth.

 Tickets start at $33.99 (plus service charges and fees) and are on sale now. For more information, visit

Trio of Jewish Comedy Writers to Convene for Online Program

The Vilna Shul, in partnership with Boston Jewish Film and Jewish Book Council, presents a virtual program called “A Field Guide to Jewish Comedy Writers: An Evening with Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, and Alan Zweibel” on Monday, May 3, at 7 p.m.

The cost to attend is $10 per screen, and to register, visit

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