JCAM's restoration efforts in East Boston to refurbish the historic 1903 Ohabei Shalom Chapel into the East Boston Immigration Center was featured in The Boston Globe on October 27th. The article, titled "Welcome Signs," appeared on the front page of the Metro section on that Sunday.
The East Boston Immigration Center will house artifacts and oral histories of early Jewish immigration through the Port of Boston as well as highlight the wave of immigration of Irish and Italians during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The lower level of the building will be used as a resource center for today’s immigrants living in East Boston for ESL and citizenship classes in conjunction with MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant Advocacy Association). (Click on the image at left to see a PDF of the full Globe article.) Click here to learn more about JCAM’s East Boston Immigration Center.
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.
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