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Netherland Cemetery Gets Facelift

Melrose, MA -- As we reported in our 2014-15 Annual Report, one of JCAM’s newest merger is the Netherland Cemetery in Melrose. Part of our restoration of this cemetery was to raise many toppled and broken monuments. We brought in master craftsmen to repair, raise and the final step—power washing of all the monuments and markers. Above is a sampling of the before and after pictures of these accomplishments.

The Netherland Cemetery was established by Dutch Jews in 1860 and fell into neglect and disrepair for many years until JCAM took it over in 2015. Now it is dignified, respectful final resting place and a meaningful space for the families to visit.


Woburn Restorations

Woburn Cemeteries

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 pictures!

JCAM Charitable Foundation
Receives Support for
the East Boston Immigration Center Project

The JCAM Charitable Foundation recently was awarded a $40,000 grant for critical repairs to the Ohabei Shalom Chapel in East Boston by the George B. Henderson Foundation Fund for the City of Boston. The Henderson Foundation awards grants to for restorations of historic properties focused on enhancing the physical appearance of the City of Boston.

The generosity of the organization’s founder, George B. Henderson, has, and still is improving the visual environment of numerous neighborhoods and enhancing the lives of their residents and visitors.

Formerly a Jewish mortuary chapel, the Ohabei Shalom Chapel is currently being stabilized and preserved. The converted chapel will become the East Boston Immigration Center and will be restored to house traditional Jewish life cycle events as well as an interpretive exhibit on the history of immigration in the Boston area. 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. JCAM will collaborate with local community organizations, such as MIRA, to provide the restored chapel facilities to organizations serving the immigrant communities living in the surround neighborhoods today as a resource and cultural center.

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First JCAM Annual Report Available

First JCAM Annual Report

JCAM issued its first-ever Annual Report that both summarizes accomplishments in fiscal year 2014 into 2015, but also over the last 12 years in reflecting on the success of its mission.

Click here to download the report in PDF!