For the 2nd year in a row, the JCAM Charitable Foundation is the proud recipient of a $40,000 grant from the George B. Henderson Foundation for the final exterior restoration of the Ohabei Shalom Chapel in East Boston. The Ohabel Shalom Chapel is part of an ongoing restoration project to convert the 1903 chapel into the East Boston Immigration Center exhibit hall. The chapel sits at the entrance to the first Jewish Cemetery in Massachusetts (1844) and both the chapel and cemetery are on the National Register of Historic Places.
JCAM is very excited and grateful to the George B. Henderson Foundation for awarding it another generous grant. This will allow JCAM to put the finishing touches on the exterior of the building and move closer to restoring the interior! Click here to learn more.
I am reminded of the Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground in Malden that opened its gates to indigent Jews in need of burial assistance beginning in 1851. Today, the cemetery is full but the longstanding Jewish tradition to provide one of the greatest mitzvahs remains.
There are many impoverished Jews throughout Massachusetts in nursing homes, hospitals, even prisons. Additionally, there is the Holocaust survivor population of which some have no funds and no family at all for a proper Jewish burial.
JCAM administers an indigent burial fund – through the generosity of an anonymous donor – that provides funeral/burial support for Jewish families in need.
The fund is limited and is only available for JCAM cemeteries. I want to make you aware that should there be a need, please contact me and I will ensure impoverished Jews in our area have the dignity they deserve of a final resting place on a designated JCAM cemetery.
We appreciate our sponsors who help us with our mission to protect and enhance Jewish history through cemetery preservation. If you need help in any of these areas, click below to find information to reach them.
From advance need planning to cemetery and chapel services.
Bankers, and insurance specialists.
Monument design, installation and maintnenance.
Landscape design, maintenance and tree services.
Our wide network of community services.