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JCAM Charitable Foundation

LogoFoundationThe JCAM Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that supports the mission of the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts in providing for the maintenance, restoration, and continuity of Jewish cemeteries.
It is further dedicated to the development, investment and disbursement of charitable funds for educational and historical purposes as well as community human needs projects and programs as they relate to end of life issues and Jewish burial practices.

Learn about the East Boston Immigration Center

at the Ohabei Shalom Chapel

The Ohabei Shalom Chapel, built in 1903, is the oldest surviving mortuary chapel in Massachusetts and is currently undergoing stabilization and restoration.

Ohabei Shalom Chapel Restoration
to be Honored by Boston Preservation Alliance

The Boston Preservation Alliance announced on July 16th that it will honor JCAM's efforts to restore and preserve the Ohabei Shalom Cemetery Chapel in East Boston with a Stewardship Recognition. The JCAM Charitable Foundation has been restoring the chapel since 2006. It is on the grounds of the first Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts, founded in 1844. This beautiful fieldstone neo-gothic chapel was built in 1903 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also is a recognized historic landmark by Bostonian Historical Society. It is slated to become an immigration resource center for the Greater Boston community.

The  Chapel will be transformed into 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 through the Port of Boston during the late 1800s – early 20th century. 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.

The Chapel stands at the grand entrance of the first Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts, Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery, founded in 1844. Primarily focusing on Boston’s early Jewish immigration, the chapel will feature audio oral histories, photos and artifacts of what Jewish life was like during those early days. The Center will also host concerts, presentations and educational programs.

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We invite you to join us in this far-reaching historic project. Make your tax-deductible contribution to the “JCAM Charitable Foundation” for the restoration of the Ohabei Shalom Chapel, and future home of the East Boston Immigration Center.

To learn more about naming opportunities at the exhibit hall for major gift donors, please call the JCAM Charitable Foundation and a member of our development team will schedule a time to meet with you.

Thank you for your support. Together, we will succeed in creating an educational environment to house our shared history and preserve the legacy of our Jewish roots in the Boston area.

Educational Initiatives

Jewish Cemeteries Are For The Living!

The JCAM Charitable Foundation opens
a new chapter in Jewish Education


Do you know….

  • Why we leave memorial stones at Jewish Cemeteries?
  • The meaning of religious symbols and Hebrew inscriptions on monuments?
  • Where do Jewish cemeteries get their names?
  • Why do we wash our hands after a burial?
  • What sets a Jewish cemetery apart?
  • Where the references to Jewish cemeteries are in the Bible?
  • Why we bury books and other religious artifacts in graves on Jewish cemeteries?
  • The traditional times to visit a cemetery and not? 

Learn what makes Jewish cemeteries Jewish!

Speakers from the JCAM Charitable Foundation are now available to  your synagogue, brotherhood/sisterhood, day school, or adult/informal education programs to present cemetery educational tours. This unique educational opportunity will open a new chapter in all aspects of Jewish cemetery education.

Call Lisa Berenson, Director of Educational Programming & Development at 617-244-6509 and discover why we believe that Jewish cemeteries are for the living!