Date(s) - August 27, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Beth Chayim Chadashim Synagogue
6090 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035
The entrance to the synagogue is from the alley behind the building.
Ring the buzzer on the parking lot gate.*
There will be informal mentoring at the Schmooze Table at 1:00 p.m. prior to the start of the meeting.
Coffee and tea will be available.
Hal Bookbinder: A Murder in Boston’s West End:
from Sunday, August 27, 2023 @1:30
In researching my family, I was surprised to find a relative in the Massachusetts State Penitentiary in 1910. Archival newspapers revealed an unknown marriage, a child, infidelity, murder, attempted suicide, and divorce. Upon his guilty plea, Louis Tennis was sentenced to 11 to 20 years. Yet, after just five, at the behest of the warden and the warden’s wife, the governor pardoned him. He proceeded to lead a nondescript life as a dressmaker, husband and father and his notorious past disappeared into the mist. My research included locating and obtaining 115-year-old court documents containing a revealing plea for leniency penned by the prison’s Jewish chaplain. The story has some intriguing twists and odd coincidences both before and after the murder in Boston’s West End.
*There is ample free street parking on Sunday on surrounding streets. Limited handicap parking is available in the rear of the synagogue. If you need to park in the synagogue parking lot, please let us know RSVP. The entrance to the synagogue is from the alley behind the building. Ring the buzzer on the parking lot gate.