Sharon, Massachusetts, is a beautiful, suburban community with a wealth of natural resources and, yet, is only 22 miles south of Boston. Within the town of Sharon, there are seven synagogues, including three Orthodox congregations, a mikvah and an eruv. Striar Hebrew Academy shares its building with Young Israel of Sharon, a vibrant shul with a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Sharon, located almost midway between Boston and Providence, has access to Boston and Providence via MBTA commuter trains stopping at the Sharon station, and to New York City and Washington, D.C., via Amtrak trains at nearby Route 128 station. Its population of 18,000--32 percent are children under 19, 56 percent are adults 25-64 years, and 10 percent are seniors over 65--lives mostly in single-family houses ranging from relatively modest ranches to luxury properties. Business Week online listed Sharon, MA as one of the top 20 Best Affordable suburbs in the Northeast.
At the heart of Sharon is Lake Massapoag, a 400-acre spring-fed lake, a popular spot for swimming, fishing, concerts and fireworks at Memorial Beach. From the 1800s until the 1940s, Sharon was a summer resort to which people would come to stay at inns and hotels to enjoy the clean air and the lake. Residents enjoy the 2,250-acre Massachusetts Audubon Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Borderland State Park, as well as the many nature trails. There is an additional 5,000 acres of protected open space in Sharon.