Honoring The 'Forgotten' Children
|New Entry Gate and Memorial Sculpture to the "Forgotten Children" were installed in October 2012.
Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, explains that this was an era before inoculation, and diseases such as tuberculosis, measles, mumps, flu, whooping cough, diphtheria, pneumonia, polio, rubella, tetanus, and scarlet fever could prove fatal.
Large families were sought, in part because not all children were expected to live to adulthood. Poverty, hunger, and poor nutrition made immigrant families even more susceptible to disease, Sarna said.
This is an historic opportunity to symbolically mark and honor the name of a Jewish child and family that bravely sought a new life in this country. More than two-thirds of those buried here died at less than 5 years old. And, fewer than 10% have monuments or markers. The rest are in unmarked graves. The brick-by-brick program will ensure each and every person in the cemetery is appropriately honored for all time.
As you donate to the brick-by-brick campaign, you may choose a name to memorialize (or have us choose a name for you at random). Donations ($118 per brick) can be made online at our Web site, or you can download a Brick-By-Brick donation form and mail it in with a check.
Help us to dignify the life of a forgotten child and restore an historic Jewish cemetery brick-by-brick. In doing so, we dignify our own lives by performing lasting acts of loving kindness.
To learn more about the JCAM Charitable Foundation's plans for this historic cemetery, please see the story on our Web site from coverage in The Jewish Advocate. Also see my interview with Rabbi Ronne Friedman (Temple Israel in Boston) on the Ch. 7 Sunday show "Jewish Perspectives" as we discuss this restoration project.