Celebrate Jamaica Plain’s Oldest and Newest Synagogue on June 6

The Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue is inviting the Jamaica Plain community to help celebrate its 18th anniversary on June 6. Nehar Shalom was founded 18 years ago by Rabbi Victor Reinstein in his house, becoming the first and only synagogue in Jamaica Plain.. Since that time, it has grown to more than 100 membership units, mostly in the immediate Jamaica Plain and Roslindale area. The synagogue is active partners in the community, including with other Jamaica Plain clergy, and Nehar Shalom currently rents space from First Church in Jamaica Plain for Shabbat services and Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana for its Hebrew school and has used Hope Central Church for special events. Members and clergy, including current Rabbi Leora Abelson, have deep roots and relationships with and in Jamaica Plain, and enjoy getting challah bread for Shabbat from local bakeries including Monumental Market, Blue Frog Bakery, and JP Licks, the latter of which has hosted weekly Torah study sessions.


‘Pictures of the Year’ Returns to Jamaica Pond

If you're starting to spend more time outside, make sure you walk over to the Jamaica Pond. The Boston Press Photographers Association will showcase its annual outdoor exhibit at Jamaica Pond from May 31 to June 13. The public exhibit showcases 350 images from the BPPA's annual "Pictures of the Year" competition to recognize New England's best photojournalism. Local news organizations and independent photographers submit hundreds of photographs to the competition, and a team of independent judges selects winners across dozens of categories, including breaking news, feature stories, politics, portraiture, and more. See all of the 2022 award-winning images here.


Photos: Fairy House Building Workshop at Franklin Park

Children created their own personalized, eco-friendly homes for the woodland fairies of Franklin Park while wearing their favorite fairy and elf costumes. It was a beautiful morning at the annual Fairy House Building Workshop at Franklin Park's Schoolmaster Hill hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor's Mural Crew on April 20. (Photos by Jon Seamans for Boston Parks and Recreation) 


Wake Up the Earth Festival on May 6: Parades, Musical Performances, Vendors, and More

While the 45th annual Wake Up the Earth Festival will be a lot of fun this weekend, it's also important to recognize the reason the festival was created, and how it relates to modern times. This year's festival is from noon to 5 pm on the Southwest Corridor by the Stonybrook MBTA Station. The original festival was created by community activists who worked together to defeat a proposal to put a highway through the neighborhood. This year's organizers would like to "move more deeply into awareness of climate resiliency and how climate change connects to low income and affordable housing access, and the racial inequities in Boston that make climate change a vitally important social justice and racial justice issue." As organizers explore how they can make an impact, they're encouraging the community to make a pledge to action.

A scene from the South Street Parade at Wake Up The Earth 2015

Wanted: Wake Up The Earth Festival Volunteers

The 45th annual Wake Up the Earth Festival is May 6, and organizer Spontaneous Celebrations want volunteers for several different things. They outlined the volunteer gig in an email:

A few immediate asks:

We need confirmed puppet carriers for the parade! Big and small puppets
We need a megaphone
We need experienced parades to help Marshall

If any of these things are possible for you email wuteparade2023@gmail.com

Closer to the Festival/Day of:

We also need strong help Friday the 5th in the afternoon to set up stages and Saturday the 6th to help with set up 8-11am. If that’s you, email wutefestival@gmail.com
We need stage support to help Zumix from 11-6 day of the festival - perhaps pick a 2 hour shift or more and let us know? Wutefestival@gmail.com
We need people to run the cardboard slides and mini golf kids activities from 12-6 e-mail your available time to spontaneousvolunteering@gmail.com
We need core volunteers to be a trash bandit!


Help Fundraiser to Create New South Street Mural

A community fundraiser to create a mural on South Street by the basketball/pickleball/tennis courts is in full swing -- and JP Centre/South Main Streets has said it will match any online donation.  

The mural will be made on the wall outside Peru Travel. Gabrielle Hahn, the owner of nearby business Said & Done tattoo, created the fundraiser to pay local artist Massiel Grullón who is creating the mural. The goal is to fundraise $4,500 to cover paying the artist and supplies. Grullón was born in Boston, is an alum of the Boston Arts Academy, earned a bachelors degree in painting and graphic design at Montserrat College of Art in 2014, and teaches painting at Artists for Humanity in South Boston.


Photos: Half Half Half Half Half Marathon at Jamaica Pond

There was more than one very important marathon this month. More than 70 serious and casual runners gathered at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse for this year’s Half Half Half Half Half Marathon, hosted by 826 Boston at Jamaica Pond on April 13. All photos by Deborah Karson Photography

The event raised more than $18,000 for 826 Boston’s writing and tutoring programs, offered free to thousands of Boston students and their families every year. “We’re so grateful to everyone—friends, babies, college students, grandparents, dogs—who joined us for Boston’s greatest shortest race,” said Loni Zelfon, 826 Boston’s Development and Events Manager. “We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to walk, wheel, and run around Jamaica Pond to support 826 Boston’s incredible student authors."


Waste Collectors to Rescue After Ghost Car Blocks Jamaicaway

An odd scene played out on Thursday morning when an unoccupied car sat in the middle of the Jamaicaway until trash collectors came to save the day. A Jamaica Plain News reader sent in these photos of the vehicle, which sat in the northbound lane of the Jamaicaway, blocking one lane for about 20 minutes. Apparently, the vehicle's driver had taken a walk around Jamaica Pond, and forgot to put the emergency brake on, and it rolled into the intersection. Luckily, no one got hurt, as trash collectors pulled over, and pushed the car over to the site with help from a Massachusetts State Police officer.


Where Is This In Jamaica Plain?

It's a simple question. Where is this beautifully-painted utility box located in Jamaica Plain? Put your guesses in the comments below. We'll provide the answer on Monday. Also, what is the picture of?