JCAM Foundation Information

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The JCAM Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that supports the mission of the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts in providing for the maintenance, restoration, and continuity of Jewish cemeteries.

It is further dedicated to the development, investment and disbursement of charitable funds for educational and historical purposes as well as community human needs projects and programs as they relate to end-of-life issues and Jewish burial practices. The JCAM Charitable Foundation is a 501 C(3) corporation.

It has three current areas of focus: The preservation and restoration of the Ohabei Shalom Cemetery Chapel in East Boston to serve as an immigration center for the community; Jewish Educational Programs and ongoing renovation and restorations of Jewish burial grounds.

Ohabei Shalom Chapel

East Boston
Immigration Center

The Ohabei Shalom Chapel, built in 1903, is the oldest surviving mortuary chapel in Massachusetts. Restoration work contines to transform the Chapel into The East Boston Immigration Center that also will house traditional Jewish life cycle events as well as an interpretive exhibit on the history of immigration through the Port of Boston during the late 1800s – early 20th century. The Chapel will provide an inspiring context for exhibits exploring the experiences of Jewish, Irish, Italian and other immigrant groups. The goal is to connect this shared history to the newly established immigrant communities from Latin America, Asia and Africa. Learn more

Educational Programs

Educational Initiatives

Jewish Cemeteries Are For The Living!

A new chapter in Jewish Education

Learn what makes Jewish cemeteries Jewish! Cemetery education tours are available upon request to synagogues, brotherhoods/sisterhoods, day schools, or adult/informal education programs. This unique educational opportunity will open a new chapter in all aspects of Jewish cemetery education.

Call Lisa Berenson, Director of Educational Programming at 617-244-6509 and discover why Jewish cemeteries are for the living!


Cemetery Restorations

Ongoing Program

The rededication on Sept. 22, 2013 of the Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground in Malden -- the second oldest Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts (1851) -- officially restored the memory of the more than 1,400 souls, mostly children, who were once the forgotten in Massachusetts Jewish history. No more. The Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts has restored to dignity the final resting place for more than 1,400 souls, most of whom were less than five years old when they died.

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