Ahavath Achim, 385 County Street
From the old Tifereth Israel on Sixth Street, continue one block South to the next corner, turn right on Cherry Street and drive West to County Street. Make a left on County Street. Ahavath Achim was on the opposite corner. Also at this intersection was the Jewish Community Center and Segall Square.
Ahavath Achim was located at 385 County Street, the converted estate of Cornelius Grinnell, Jr., and was opened on Rosh Hashanah in 1941. Krivoff Social Hall was added in 1955. The offices and school were located in the Eli Nochimow building, built in 1963 and named for Dr.Nochimow, physician and longtime president of the synagogue in 1982. After Rabbi Papkin retired in 1956, he was succeeded by Rabbi Zalman Schachter, Rabbi Sholem Kowalsky, Rabbi Norbert Weinberg, Rabbi Nathan Wise, Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg, Rabbi Chaim Feller, and Rabbi Jacob Rand. In 1979 Rabbi Barry Hartman took over. Rabbi Hartman continued to keep up the tradition of community and his congregation was a welcoming place for new Russian immigrants; and hosted Shabbaton weekends with renowned Orthodox scholars-in-residence. The building was also the site of the kosher nutrition program for the elderly, the “lunch and learn” program every other Tuesday and Talmud classes on Monday evenings. The building closed on December 31, 2010, but the Orthodox Havarah Minyan continues to meet at the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home Saturday mornings with Rabbi Barry Hartman officiating.
Mortgage burning celebration, 1961
Holocaust memorial inside the synagogue
View of the interior of the synagogue showing the center railing which separates the men from the women for worship, as is Orthodox custom.
Rabbi Barry Hartman