JCAM is again the recipient of a $50,000 matching grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Project Fund – Round 22 as part of the last stages of masonry work to the exterior of the Ohabei Shalom Chapel in East Boston that will be converted into the East Boston Immigration Center. Work will commence in the fall.
JCAM CF hopes to win another grant (proposal recently submitted) from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund for another $50,000. This would fund our securing the entire exterior envelope of the Chapel for the next 60 to 80 years. With the exterior completed, JCAM could focus its attention on restoring and refurbishing the interior of the Chapel, bringing us nearer to our goal of establishing the East Boston Immigration Center.
Earlier this year, the JCAM Charitable Foundation received a $40,000 grant from the George B. Henderson Fund and will be eligible to resubmit another proposal for the 2016-2017 grant year in October 2016.
In 2014 CNN contacted the JCAM office to find the grave locations of Correspondent John (Spinoza) Berman’s 2nd great-grandparents. CNN learned that JCAM had a cemetery in Melrose originally established by Dutch Jews. John (Spinoza) Berman’s ancestors were Jews from the Netherlands.
As part of a special CNN report on his family roots from Holland to America, John Berman visited the Netherlands Cemetery with his father Gerry Berman to visit his 2nd great-grandparents Rebecca & Benjamin Spinoza. Read more of the story!
JCAM issued its first-ever Annual Report last fall that both summarizes accomplishments in fiscal year 2014 into 2015, but also over the last 12 years in reflecting on the success of its mission. The Second Annual Report will be published this fall -- watch for updates here!
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