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JCAM's Restoration of Ohabei Shalom Chapel Recognized by Boston PreservationAlliance

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2018 award winner
The Boston Preservation Alliance presented its Stewardship Recognition to The Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts (JCAM) October 22, 2018 for its work to preserve the Ohabei Shalom Cemetery Chapel in East Boston. This award is reserved for owners of historic properties that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to preservation. The work of preservation is often undertaken in phases, over many years, and it is important to recognize diligent stewardship.

JCAM Annual Report JCAM assumed responsibility for the 1844 Ohabei Shalom Cemetery, the state’s first legally established Jewish cemetery, in 1996. Inspired by the research of students at the Boston Architectural College, JCAM decided to save and rehabilitate the dilapidated 1903 chapel building. Their efforts over many years, and especially through the completion of a recent phase of restoration, have saved this treasure from loss with plans for it to become the East Boston Immigration Center. The Center will house a permanent exhibit chronicling the immigration history of greater Boston and will provide space for a variety of programs.

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JCAM Annual Report 2018 Is Available

Five Cemeteries Joined the JCAM Family

JCAM is pleased to announce that five Jewish cemeteries have merged into the JCAM family.

  • Pride of Brockton Cemetery – Stoughton
  • Mishkan Tefila Cemetery - Centre St., West Roxbury
  • Mishkan Tefila Memorial Park - Centre St. West Roxbury
  • Old Hand in Hand Cemetery - Centre St., West Roxbury
  • New Hand in Hand Cemetery - Centre St., West Roxbury

The Pride of Brockton Cemetery, located on South Street in Stoughton, Massachusetts was established by the Pride of Brockton Lodge in 1901. Ms. Harriet Robie supervised the cemetery with dedication and was involved with its management for over 50 years. We are honored to have the Pride of Brockton Cemetery be part of JCAM.

Both Mishkan Tefila Cemeteries along with the both Hand in Hand Cemeteries, are located on Centre Street, West Roxbury and have been under the direction of Congregation Mishkan Tefila for decades. We are honored to include these four historic Jewish cemeteries into the JCAM family.

These five additional cemetery acquisitions continue to make JCAM the largest communal cemetery organization in the U.S, owning 123 Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to all our cemeteries and fulfilling our mission of "Chevrat K'vod Hamet" (the society that honors the deceased).









 

REDEDICATION\Malden Cemetery

“Chesed Shel Emet…”
The Greatest Mitzvah

The Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground in Malden opened its gates to indigent Jews in need of burial assistance beginning in 1851. Today, the cemetery is full, but the longstanding Jewish tradition to provide one of the greatest mitzvahs remains.

There are many impoverished Jews throughout Massachusetts in nursing homes, hospitals, even prisons. Additionally, there is the Holocaust survivor population of which some have no funds and no family at all for a proper Jewish burial.

JCAM administers an indigent burial fund – through the generosity of an anonymous donor – that provides funeral/burial support for Jewish families in need.

The fund is limited and is only available for JCAM cemeteries. I want to make you aware that should there be a need, please contact me and I will ensure impoverished Jews in our area have the dignity they deserve of a final resting place on a designated JCAM cemetery.