History of Stanetsky Memorial Chapel

STANETSKY MEMORIAL CHAPELS, INC. has provided services to the Jewish communities of the Greater Boston area for over 112 years and four generations.

Jacob Stanetsky, an immigrant from Lithuania, landed on these shores in the late 1870s. He was a well educated, religious man and served as a "Shamus," or guardian of a "Shule" called Congegration Shari Jerusalem, in the South End of Boston. From his position in the Shule, he was sought after for many favors. Most significant was the need to handle problems arranging for funerals and performing the burial process. We have been shown death certificates signed by him in the mid 1880s, but the actual year in which he was first listed in the City of Boston’s occupational list as an "undertaker" was 1892. He was joined by his only son, Manuel Stanetsky, following World War I.

By the time the chapel in Grove Hall was opened in 1934, the name "Stanetsky" was already a household word for "death" among Jewish people. When Manny passed away his brother-in-law, Ben Birnbach, and later by his son-in-law Arnold Golov. Arnold took over until the early 70s when his son-in-law and sons took charge of the business.

The tradition continued with Manny’s two grandchildren. Robert W. LeVine, and Manuel S. Golov, each in the business for over 35 years, were dedicated to maintain Jewish funeral standards and the level of compassion required by our faith. Jewish funeral directors who have joined us are also fourth generation members to serve the Jewish communities. They include Edward M. Hymanson, Bruce Schlossberg, and Carl Goldman.

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