Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Congregation Ahavas Achim’s synagogue and the story of Keene’s Jewish immigrants. “From Peddlers to Shopkeepers to Professionals: A History of the Jewish Community in Cheshire County” shares the history of Keene’s earliest Jewish residents through the 20th century and to today.
Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe began arriving in Keene in the 1880s. These early families remained very faithful to their religion and maintained their Jewish practices, culminating in the incorporation of the congregation in 1916. Keene’s Congregation Ahavas Achim has been the religious focal point for the region’s Jewish community for 100 years.