On Sunday, April 26 close to 100 people ages 5 to 75 came to witness the rededication of JCAM’s new Genizah & Education Center, located at the Sons of Abraham Chapel on the Baker Street Cemeteries. The Genizah houses sacred materials containing the Hebrew name of G-d that are brought to the chapel throughout the year from the Greater Boston Jewish community prior to burial.
The rededication was due to the efforts of the Brandeis Design Lab Teen Fellowship (funded by CJP and URJ) who redesigned, repurposed and renovated the unused chapel. JCAM was so proud to have been chosen as the recipient of this enormous community endeavor.
A rare, pristine copy of The Children’s Haggadah, published in Germany in 1933 is now in the hands of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum having been discovered among sacred materials that were dropped at JCAM’s community Genizah. JCAM’s Cantor Alan Kritz spotted the Haggadah in the materials left for sacred burial. After recognizing the importance of this publication, particularly in light of the Holocaust, he contacted the director of the library at the Museum to donate it. The video below tells the awesome story. Since this video was posted in April of 2014, another copy was donated by someone in Denmark.
JCAM collects and stores worn and unusable sacred materials for the Greater Boston Jewish community at its Genizah located at the Baker Street Cemeteries in West Roxbury until its annual book burial. Cantor Kritz is JCAM’s Assistant Director of Field Services. He helps in facilitating this effort. Please feel free to contact the JCAM office regarding specific procedures for preparing and dropping off materials at the Genizah.
One of JCAM’s most recent acquisitions is the Netherlands Cemetery in Melrose, established by Dutch Jews. The cemetery dates to 1860. It has been neglected for years, and many of the headstones have been toppled and broken. JCAM has recently brought in its craftsmen to raise and repair these monuments. (Click here to see the full story and Before/After photos.) In the spring of 2015 a complete power washing of all the headstones and markers is scheduled. The cemetery is in desperate need of attention. Based on availability of funds we hope to begin masonry work on the rear retaining walls, stairs and railings of the cemetery. If you’d like to make a donation toward the Netherlands Cemetery restoration project, please go to our Donation page.
Over the last two years, JCAM has been restoring and repairing gates, fences and walls at several Woburn, MA cemeteries. See our slide show of before and after picutres!
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