About The Vilna Shul

Hours, Directions, and Parking

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Hours: The Vilna Shul is open to visitors at 18 Phillips St., Boston, MA. 02114, on Wednesday through Friday, 11am-5pm with guided tours at 1pm and 3pm. Summer visiting hours also include Sundays following the end of Passover through Thanksgiving from 1pm-5pm with guided tours at 2pm and 4pm. We are closed on all major Jewish holidays (including the last two days of Passover), unless the Holiday is being observed at the Vilna.

We are closed on Saturdays except during bar/bat mitzvahs.

To visit outside of regular hours or for questions about hours, please call (617) 523-2324.


The Vilna Shul is easily accessible by public transportation (MBTA and commuter rail). We are just a 4 minute walk from the MBTA Red Line Charles/MGH stop, 7 minute walk from Blue Line Bowdoin stop, 10 minute walk from Red/Green Line Park Street stop (very uphill),  and a 14 minute walk from the Commuter Rail/Green/Orange Line North Station. We highly encourage using public transportation when visiting the Vilna Shul. Please visit mbta.com for details.

Public Transit Directions:

After exiting the Charles/MGH MBTA Red Line station, turn left, cross Cambridge Street (to the CVS), turn left, and walk east down Cambridge Street under the elevated subway. Proceed east on Cambridge Street past Lindall Place, an alley, and Grove Street to Anderson Street. Turn right on Anderson Street and walk one block up Anderson Street to Phillips Street. Turn left/east onto Phillips Street. The Vilna Shul is 1/2 block down Phillips Street on the right/uphill side of Phillips Street.

Parking for events and the High Holidays:

The Vilna Shul offers $5 validated parking after 4pm and on weekends. Parking validation is only good for the underground parking at the Charles River Plaza/ Cambridge Street Garage at 165 Cambridge Street. Entrance to the underground garage is between the Charles River Plaza Shopping Center (Whole Foods/CVS) and Au Bon Pain, near the intersection of Blossom St and Cambridge St. Yellow tickets from the surface lot at Whole Foods cannot be validated. The entrance to the parking garage looks like the image to your right. 

You must validate your green ticket at the Shul for free/discounted parking and return it to a person at the parking garage. Please do not use their automated system. 

Havurah on the Hill validates parking for events after 4pm. Parking is FREE for Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat events once a month and for the High Holidays. These events can use the automated system.

The Vilna Shul is a two block walk from the parking garage, part of which is uphill. Once parked, cross over Cambridge Street at the light and walk straight up Garden Street one block, then turn right onto Phillips Street. The Vilna Shul will be on your left at 18 Phillips Street.