JCAM Charitable Foundation
Educational Programs & Information
JCAM has designed a variety of educational programs that include cemetery educational tours and presentations for synagogue youth and adult education groups. Specifically, our educational programs include:
- Cemeteries Are for the Living educational tours – held upon request at Baker Street (West Roxbury). Each tour includes a visit to the Community Genizah & Education Center. Tours are also held at the Ohabei Shalom Cemetery (East Boston—the 1st Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts) and Woburn Jewish Cemeteries (Woburn). Tours are available Sundays and weekdays. Details . . .
- Visit to our Community Genizah & Education Center – our new repository for unused or worn Hebrew books and religious items prior to book burial (located at the Sons of Abraham Chapel on the Baker Street Cemeteries, rededicated in 2015). An interactive slide presentation is also available at the Education Center for tours when inclement weather prevents a physical tour from being conducted. News story . . .
- Metrowest Jewish Community - We offer cemetery tours at the historic Framingham/Natick Jewish Cemetery. Over half of our tours are from synagogues in the Metrowest area! Our Metrowest tours are partially funded through a grant awarded to us from CJP’s Metrowest Jewish Community Fund.
- East Boston Immigration Station Presentation – Brought to adult audiences interested in learning about JCAM’s restoration project at the Ohabei Shalom Chapel and cemetery in East Boston. The East Boston Immigration Station will be the new home of the history and experiences of the Boston Jewish communities that thrived along the Mystic River. A video/slide presentation is available as well as a cemetery educational tour. Learn More . . .
- Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground, Malden – A visit to the 2nd oldest Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts. This tour is for adults only. This cemetery is the resting place of 1,400 souls, 1200 who were children under of 20 most in unmarked graves. Once an abandoned cemetery, JCAM restored and rededicated the cemetery in 2013, installed a new children’s memorial garden and the walkway of the cemetery is lined with names of the children who are resting in unmarked graves. Full Information . . .
- Jewish War Veterans Flag Day Project each November.
- Yom HaShoah Commemoration each spring.
- Virtual Classroom Tours – JCAM offers virtual "Cemeteries Are for the Living" educational tours to synagogue youth and adult education groups directly from the classroom. While this is especially useful during the winter months, when cemetery visitation is difficult, it can be done anytime! Learn how Jewish cemeteries were established and by whom, what makes a Jewish cemetery Jewish, why we bury sacred materials, and much more.
Please call Lisa Berenson, 617-244-6509 for more information or to schedule a tour/presentation.
In an effort to enlighten the community on what Judaism has to say on topics such as Jewish cemetery, burial and mourning customs, we have compile a variety of articles specifically geared to answer some of your questions. Click links to learn more:
Guidelines and Regulations for the Burial of Shemot
Jewish Cemetery Symbols
Learn What Makes a Jewish Cemetery Jewish!
Kriah or Rending A Garment in Grief
Tradition of Unveiling A Monument
Jewish Cemetery Etiquette
The Meaning of Visitation Stones
Visiting a Shiva Home
The Taharah - Preparing a Body for Burial