Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop is an unaffiliated Jewish congregation,
whose services and practices nominally follow the Conservative tradition. We provide a welcoming and
relaxed atmosphere for our congregants and visitors. The Congregation is committed to preserving Jewish
values and traditions. We hold services on all Jewish holidays and on every Saturday and Sunday morning
throughout the year. Our Temple also operates an excellent Hebrew school.
Our Temple is located just north of Boston and is adjacent to East Boston,
Logan Airport, Revere, and Chelsea. Winthrop has a population of just over 16,000, is largely
residential and is a peninsula with the Atlantic Ocean to the East and Boston Harbor to the West.
Winthrop's beaches are never crowded and are children-friendly. For such a small community, Winthrop
boasts a large number of excellent, yet very affordable eating places.
Deer Island is located at the southern tip of Winthrop and features a
2.6 mile walking and biking trail that provides amazing views of the Boston skyline. There are some
60 acres of open space with 10 landscaped overlooks here.
Public transportation provides convenient and low cost access to Boston,
while road access to Boston, points west and south is provided by 3 tunnels below Boston Harbor. A Ferry
from Winthrop to Boston's Rowes Wharf runs from May through October and provides a great view of Boston
Harbor. Points north of Boston, including New Hampshire and Maine, are easily reached by highways
adjacent to Winthrop.
Winthrop is a great place to visit and an even better place in
which to live!
Temple Tifereth Israel provides an important resource for the town and for the Jewish community residing
in and around Winthrop. Come, visit with us.
PRESIDENT: Sandra (Goldstein) Pellegrino
VICE PRESIDENTS: Dana Stone, Steven Miller
TREASURER: Dana Stone
Almost a Civil War
The Beit Gidi Etzel
Museum in Tel Aviv
Did you know that Israel just barely avoided having its own civil war in 1948?
Just after the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the
Israeli war of independence raged on against the invading Arab Armies. The three underground
organizations that have struggled against the British to gain statehood for the new country still
existed - Haganah, Etzel and Lehi. The Haganah was led by David Ben-Gurion and was destined to
become the IDF, while Etzel was led by Menachim Begin.
Etzel arranged for a ship, the Altalena, to bring arms and some
holocaust survivors to Israel. Ben-Gurion insisted that the weapons on the Altalena be
transferred to the Haganah and that the Etzel come under the control of Israel’s new government
and the Haganah. Etzel refused and as the ship approached the beaches of Tel Aviv, Ben-Gurion
order the Haganah to fire on the ship. The ship, with Menachem Begin on-board, was hit in
shallow waters, caught fire and 19 people were killed. The Etzel forces on the ship wanted
Begin to give the order to return fire, but he refused, saying “I will not start a civil war.”
Thus, an Israeli civil war was avoided just as the modern State of Israel came into being.
When you travel to Israel, you can visit the site of the
Altelena sinking which is marked with a plaque about mid-way between the northern
and southern ends of the Tel Aviv beach and you can learn about Etzel, the fighting
in and around Tele Aviv during the War of Independence, and about the Altalena sinking
at the Etzel Museum which is located on the southern end of the Tel Aviv beach,
just before Jaffa.
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