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"Cemeteries Are For The Living"
Education Tours – Book Now!


Click here for a photo gallery of some "Cemeteries Are For The Living" tours and tzedekah projects.

JCAM's Charitable Foundation feels it is important to connect Jewish young people with their past through cemetery education. We aim to help the next generation honor, remember, and connect to the once vibrant Jewish communities their spirited ancestors pioneered through our “Cemeteries Are For The Living” education tours.

Tours are arranged both spring and fall – and we can even bring a cemetery educational tour directly to a classroom during winter when physical cemetery visitation is difficult. You may want to plan a whole year ahead, as tour dates fill up quickly. Call Lisa Berenson at 617-244-6509 to schedule a program time and date.

JCAM's Cemeteries Are for the Living tours are an important module to understanding the Jewish lifecycle. Each year synagogue youth, parents and adult education groups schedule cemetery educational tours with us.

Our tours are jammed packed with kids and adults who are eager to learn about Jewish cemeteries and the role Jewish cemeteries played in forming the rich history of Jewish Boston. 

Tour Group

Temple Emanu-El Marblehead, MA

Our “Cemeteries Are For The Living” educational program continues to be a great success and cemetery education tours have become an annual activity with many synagogue and community groups. Take advantage of this unique educational experience for youth groups and adults. Education and community program directors can call Lisa Berenson, Director of Educational Programming to schedule a tour or to design one specific to your group's needs. Our 30 years of experience in caring, restoring and ensuring the continuity of Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts, we are uniquely qualified to bring this dimension into Jewish education.

Also, keep in mind, we can bring you a cemetery educational tour directly to your classroom during winter, when cemetery visitation is difficult. Take advantage of our “virtual” Cemeteries Are for the Living tours. Our interactive slide presentation is the exact tour given as our physical tour.


Adult Tour

Group from Temple Sinai

Here's what you will learn at a cemetery educational tour:

  • Jewish cemetery symbols and their meanings,
  • Why we leave visitation stones,
  • The origins and history of Massachusetts’ Jewish cemeteries.
  • interesting “stories behind the stones” of Boston Jewish notables.
  • Jewish burial customs.
  • Learn why we bury books, Torah scrolls and other Jewish artifacts and more by touring local JCAM cemeteries in a friendly and relaxed manner.

Click here for more details on our tours, including testimonials from recent groups. (PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat)



There are no fees for JCAM's educational programs as we consider cemetery education an essential component of our core mission to the Jewish community. A generous tax-deductible donation can be made to the JCAM Charitable Foundation at the time of the presentation or mailed to the address above would be greatly appreciated.

The goal of the JCAM Charitable Foundation is to educate and inform all members of the Jewish community—young and not so young—to connect with their past, embrace the present, and look to the future utilizing Jewish cemetery education. Our loved ones who have gone before us can be the bridge to a broader, more meaningful understanding of our rich and unique heritage.