Preserving the Jewish history of Greater MetroWest

Preserving the Jewish history of Greater MetroWest

Patti Nathan, left, of the MetroWest area, points to a photograph of Herbert Abeles, who was president of the Jewish Community Council of Essex County from 1947 to 1948. Ms. Nathan told Linda Forgosh, the executive director of Greater MetroWest’s Jewish Historical Society, who is pictured with her, that through her marriage to the late Robert David Nathan, she is related to Mr. Abeles as well as to Temple B’nai Jeshurun’s first rabbi, Dr. Joseph Leucht.

Ms. Nathan visited JHS to donate historic documents and photographs to the society’s archives, which document Mr. Abeles’ correspondence with Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. It also gave her the opportunity to scan and preserve photographs of Rabbi Leucht and his family. A scrapbook of Rabbi Leucht’s career from 1840 to 1920, in English and German, is a significant addition to Greater MetroWest’s synagogue history. MS. Nathan also said that she joined Essex County’s National Council of Jewish Women when she was 22, and believes that she now is the oldest and longest member of the Essex section.

For information on how to donate photographs, artifacts, videos, or memorabilia, or to become a member of the JHS, email Linda Forgosh at

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