For the sake of our collective well-being, JCAM cemeteries will allow up to 50 people at graveside for funerals, unveilings and general visitations.
A minimum of 6-feet of physical distance must be kept between each person or family unit at graveside and on all cemetery roadways and grounds. If attendees are not able to adhere to a 6-foot distance, then the number of people at the gravesite must be reduced for the well-being of all.
All visitors, funeral directors and JCAM caretakers must wear face masks during burials, unveilings, while visiting graves and at all times while on all cemetery grounds and roadways*.
JCAM reserves the right to require anyone visibly experiencing cold or flu symptoms, including coughing or anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, to leave cemetery grounds. As we honor the dead with lovingkindness, our greatest concern in this time of crisis is to protect the living, therefore choosing life in the face of death.
*JCAM reserves the right to require anyone who is not wearing a face mask to leave the cemetery immediately.
We thank you for your cooperation.
Boston, MA—Each year in May time is set aside to reflect and thank those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. This Memorial Day is particularly meaningful for both the community and the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts (JCAM) as we remember the tragedy of those lost during the height of the pandemic one year ago. In July 2020, JCAM erected and dedicated the first Covid-19 memorial. Many of those who were lost to COVID-19 include U.S. Veterans. There were a number of Honor Guard ceremonies that took place on JCAM cemeteries during that difficult time. Images of flag draped caskets and a recording of a bugle blowing Taps from a car are memories that will forever be stamped on the hearts of those who were present. A JCAM staff member was present at every burial and witnessed the many families who were handed a folded American flag—a reminder of their loved ones’ selfless service to our country.
The COVID-19 Memorial is appropriately situated next to the Veterans Memorial at the end of the Baker Street Memorial Park Cemetery roadway (776 Baker Street in West Roxbury). The COVID-19 Memorial stands as a place of remembrance for all members of the community. American Flags will be placed at both memorials in remembrance of those lost during the pandemic and those Veterans who gave their lives for our country.
The COVID-19 Memorial monument and granite benches were donated to JCAM by Steve Schneider, principal of Slotnick Monuments. It stands as a permanent reminder of both tragedy and heroism. It serves as a place for the entire community to honor and remember those whom we have lost and those who continue to tirelessly meet the needs of the community.
JCAM's newest cemetery in Metrowest now features ... memorial wall. More than 5,000 grave sites are available for purchase and now 2,000+ memorial stones are available to honor loved ones buried elsewhere.Learn more.