November 7 – JCAM Celebrates 36 Years – Fundraiser & Silent Auction Florence & Chafetz BU Hillel House – 213 Bay State Rd. Boston – A lively cocktail hour (open bar) with plentiful hors d’oeurves will set the stage for a sparkling evening in celebration of JCAM’s 36th year! Participants will have a chance to bid on the many items at our auction table. Speakers from CJP and the ADL will be addressing the growing concern over hate crimes committed against Jewish institutions, including Jewish cemeteries. Since 1984 JCAM remains committed to the preservation and maintenance of Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts. Our Charitable Foundation raises funds for educational and historical purposes as well as community needs projects and programs.
September 13 & September 15 – JCAM Mitzvah Days – Community Genizah – Looking for Hebrew readers (adults & teens) to assist in sorting through mounds of sacred materials prior to book burial. Need people to help box items, discard items not deemed “Shemot”. Location: Baker Street Cemeteries – Sons of Abraham Chapel. This is a 2-part event. Friday 9/13 9-11 a.m. & Sunday 9/15 1-3 p.m. Snacks will be provided.
September 8 – BOE Pre-High Holiday Memorial Service at the Legacy Wall - This year we will hold the service at the Beit Olam East Legacy Wall instead of the original Beit Olam. Rabbi Louis Polisson of Congregation Or Atid will officiate at 11:00 a.m.
March 20 – JCAM Appoints New Executive Director – The Board of Directors of the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts (JCAM) is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Jamie Cotel as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective April 8, 2019.
June 01 – New Grant Received for Ohabei Shalom Chapel Renovation – For the 2nd year in a row, the JCAM Charitable Foundation is the proud recipient of a $40,000 grant from the George B. Henderson Foundation for the final exterior restoration of the Ohabei Shalom Chapel in East Boston. The Ohabel Shalom Chapel is part of an ongoing restoration project to convert the 1903 chapel into the East Boston Immigration Center exhibit hall. The chapel sits at the entrance to the first Jewish Cemetery in Massachusetts (1844) and both the chapel and cemetery are on the National Register of Historic Places. JCAM is very excited and grateful to the George B. Henderson Foundation for awarding it another generous grant. This will allow JCAM to put the finishing touches on the exterior of the building and move closer to restoring the interior!
June 24 – JCAM Receives MA Preservation Project Fund Grant for Ohabei Shalom Restoration – The Massachusetts Preservation Project Fund has awarded a $50,000 matching grant to the JCAM Charitable Foundation for critical repairs to the Ohabei Shalom Chapel exterior. The Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund (MPPF) is a state-funded 50% reimbursable matching grant program established in 1984 to support the preservation of properties, landscapes, and sites (cultural resources) listed in the State Register of Historic Places.
March 1 – JCAM Receives Grant for Ohabei Shalom Restoration – The George B. Henderson Foundation Fund for the City of Boston awarded a $40,000 grant for critical repairs to the Ohabei Shalom Chapel in East Boston. The Henderson Foundation has been awarding grant funds to communities and organizations of all origins for restorations of historic properties, park preservations, art installations and other projects focused on enhancing the physical appearance of the City of Boston.
Jan. 15 – Netherland Cemetery (Melrose, MA) Gets a Facelift – Part of our restoration of this cemetery was to raise many toppled and broken monuments. We brought in master craftsmen to repair, raise and the final step—power washing of all the monuments and markers. See a sampling of the before and after pictures of these accomplishments.
February 12 – Cemeteries Hit Hard During Winter of 2015 – It has been a challenging winter for our caretakers with the amount of snow that has fallen so far. Where to put the snow and how to remove over 6 feet of it has made it very difficult to ensure public safety and make roadways accessible for funerals.
February 9 – Six Cemeteries Join JCAM –The Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts is pleased to inform you that we have acquired six additional cemeteries to be under JCAM’s care.
May 19 – Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts! Established in 1984, JCAM started with 17 Jewish cemeteries (5 of which were abandoned)....today it currently owns or operates 108 Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts (out of 209). Join us in a Yasher Koach to JCAM for its continued mission of Preservation, Restoration and Continuity of Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts.
November – Powerwashing Cleans Up Cemetery – JCAM has carefully power washed monuments at the 170-year-old historic Ohabei Shalom Cemetery, East Boston (1844). Most of the oldest monuments are delicate and made of limestone. Over time, exposure to the elements caused many of the inscriptions to become worn and illegible. After power washing, the same monuments are sparkling white! The transformation is spectacular.
September 23 – HCBG Rededication Coverage – JCAM's Rededication of the Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground brings out the sunshine on the restoration of a Boston-area historical treasure. Attendees flood the grounds as the sun breaks through the clouds.
August 21 – HCBG Rededication Planned – JCAM invites the Greater Boston community to join in a day of Remembrance and Rededication Sunday, September 22, 2013 – 11:00 am at Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground 313 Lebanon Street • Malden, MA.
May 22 – 2013 Book Burial – JCAM's 2013 Book Burial was held at the King Solomon Memorial Park cemetery in West Roxbury. JCAM annually buries with dignity thousands of worn out siddurim (prayer books), torah scrolls, tallism, tzitzit, tefellin, and other sacred materials containing the Hebrew name of G-d each.
May 1 – Kol HaKavod issue 4 – JCAM announces rededication event for September 22 for the Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground in Malden, the second oldest Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts. Appeal continues for memorializing 'the forgotten children' through purchase of bricks to honor the more than 1,400 people (mostly children) buried there.
December 5 – Kol HaKavod issue 3 – Focuses on the launch of the "Brick-by-Brick" fundraising campaign to honor more than 1200 "forgotten children" with bricks engraved with their names. Many of these children, some only hours or weeks old, are buried in unmarked graves.
Maplewood Cemetery To Be Renamed Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground – March 29 – As part of a new restoration and preservation initiative, JCAM wants to transform the former Maplewood Cemetery in Malden - this once abandoned cemetery - into an historic Jewish landmark and tourist destination dedicated to long forgotten children. About 15% of the funds needed for the project have been committed. Another $100,000 is needed for the work.
Remembering the Forgotten Children – December – Once known as the Malden Free Burying Ground, the Maplewood Cemetery in Malden, MA is the resting place for Boston's poorest immigrant Jews who were unable to afford cemetery plots in congregational cemeteries. Many were buried in unmarked graves. And, many were children of newly arrived Jewish immigrants.
Jewish War Vets Remembered and Honored – November – The seventh grade class of Temple Beth Torah in Holliston had the experience of participating in a JCAM Cemeteries Are for the Living educational program at the Framingham/Natick Hebrew Cemetery in time for Veterans Day.
JCAM’s Annual Book Burial – Sept. 25 was held at King Solomon Memorial Park Cemetery in West Roxbury – Each year JCAM invites the community to be part of the meaningful and educational experience of a Jewish book burial.
Restorations Completed at Two JCAM Cemeteries – Sept. 20
As part of our commitment to the restoration, preservation and maintenance on our more than 100 Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts, work was completed recently at the Puritan-Mt. Sinai Cemetery on Baker Street in West Roxbury and at the Agudas Achim Cemetery in Fitchburg.
Gann Academy's Mitzvah Project
at JCAM’s Genizah – May 3
A group of 9th grade students from Gann Academy worked tirelessly and enthusiastically by sorting through the array of materials deposited by individuals, synagogues, and schools at JCAM’s community Genizah located on the Baker Street Cemetery in West Roxbury.
Veterans Day Flag Project Launched -- Nov. 11, 2009
JCAM’s Jewish War Veterans Flag Project (in time for Veterans Day) started as an idea and after a huge success will now become a yearly mitzvah project.
Book Burial Succeeds Despite Nor'easter -- Oct. 19, 2009
Twenty-five adults and children braved a wind-swept, torrential rain to witness and participate in JCAM's Annual Book Burial at the Chevra Thillim Cemetery in West Roxbury.
JCAM's 25th Anniversary Cemetery Guidebook -- April, 2009
As part of it's 25th anniversary commemoration, the JCAM Charitable Foundation's newest edition of History & Guide: Massachusetts Jewish Cemeteries is available online. The Guide, complete with maps and directions to all 209 Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts, also features the historical origins of the State’s Jewish cemeteries, dating as far back as 1844.
Quincy Hebrew Cemetery Beautification -- July 2008 -- Quincy Hebrew Cemetery at the Baker Street complex in West Roxbury has been restored with a $250,000 effort involving a donation and fundraising. This once abandoned cemetery and chapel now shines.