On Sunday, April 26 close to 100 people ages 5 to 75 came to witness the rededication of JCAM’s new Genizah & Education Center, located at the Sons of Abraham Chapel on the Baker Street Cemeteries. The Genizah houses sacred materials containing the Hebrew name of G-d that are brought to the chapel throughout the year from the Greater Boston Jewish community prior to burial.
The rededication was due to the efforts of the Brandeis Design Lab Teen Fellowship (funded by CJP and URJ) who redesigned, repurposed and renovated the unused chapel. JCAM was so proud to have been chosen as the recipient of this enormous community endeavor.
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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