Eleven Israeli high school students visiting the U.S. attended JCAM’s Cemeteries Are for the Living Educational Tour at the Framingham-Natick Hebrew Cemetery today. The students were hosted by Congregation Beth El of Sudbury as part of Project HiBur (Haifa-Beth El Relationship)—a friendship and exchange program between Beth El’s High School and a public school in Haifa, Boston’s sister city.
The teens were inquisitive and engaging as JCAM’s Director of Educational Programming, Lisa Berenson explained the differences in American Jewish cemeteries and Israeli cemeteries. The students were interested particularly in visiting all the graves of the cemetery’s Jewish war veterans. They learned how Jewish cemeteries were established in Massachusetts and the various headstone symbols found on Jewish cemeteries. Other topics discussed were some of the particular mourning and burial customs we have here in the U.S. versus in Israel.
HiBur brings a number of Israeli youth to Beth El every other year at Sukkot/Simchat Torah. JCAM was honored and delighted to have been included in their educational experience.
On Sunday, June 14th the Malden Historical Society attended JCAM’s Cemeteries Are for the Living educational tour at the newly restored Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground on Lebanon Street in Malden. More than 30 residents, including Mayor Gary Christenson, attended the event, led by Lisa Berenson, JCAM’s Director of Educational Programming. The group learned of the history of the historic cemetery and made stops along the way to learn about Jewish cemetery and burial customs, headstone iconography explanations and Jewish mourning customs.
Click here to read the complete story and see photos from the tour.
Guest Speaker Lisa Rosowsky presented 'The Stones Speak' at the 31st Annual JCAM Board of Directors' meeting held at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA. The artist explains her personal motivation for making a beautiful quilt honoring the famous cemetery in West Roxbury:
"After my grandfather died, I set out to create something to celebrate that special place (the Baker Street Cemetery)... I wanted to design a quilt that conflated the jumble of chapels, gates, and headstones in order to accentuate the quality I enjoy about Baker Street—namely, its sense of being a community made up of communities." Read the whole presentation.
Over the last two years, JCAM has been restoring and repairing gates, fences and walls at several Woburn, MA cemeteries. See our slide show of before and after picutres!
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