Why the Jews Left Boston-A Bicycle Tour

Meet at Woodrow Ave and Ashton St, Dorchester

Mattapan and parts of Dorchester along Blue Hill Avenue were predominantly white and predominantly Jewish until 1968. Between 1968-1972, the large banks of Boston combined with real estate blockbusters to turn neighborhoods from 90% white to 90% black. What happened to those neighborhoods? Why did the Jews leave? What can we learn about the story of their departure in the context of the current rapid gentrification of Boston?

Led by Lewis Finfer, Director of Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN), we'll learn about block busting, red lining and the role racism played in Jewish white flight as we bike our way around old stomping grounds. 

A short pre-reading is suggested: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6knOcoM5QWJbXRrRVBVQ0ZFQTg/view?usp=sharing 

Not sure if you're bike-ready for this? The total distance is about 1.5 miles. You can also drive from location to location.

The tour is free of cost, but tzedakah to MCAN is welcome.

Questions? Contact Liz Krushnic at (liz@circleboston.org)