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JCAM News Archives


April 28 – Save the Date Now – Join us for an important community-wide event on the critical issue of "Securing our Jewish Cemeteries."


September 22 – Pre-High Holiday Memorial Service – Baker Street – This year we will hold the first memorial service at the Baker Street Cemeteries in West Roxbury. The service will be at the Independent Pride of Boston cemetery. Rabbi David Grossman of Temple Shalom of Hull will officiate at 11:00 a.m.

September 13 & September 15 – JCAM Mitzvah Days – Community Genizah – Looking for Hebrew readers (adults & teens) to assist in sorting through mounds of sacred materials prior to book burial. Need people to help box items, discard items not deemed “Shemot”. Location: Baker Street Cemeteries – Sons of Abraham Chapel. This is a 2-part event. Friday 9/13 9-11 a.m. & Sunday 9/15 1-3 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

September 8 – BOE Pre-High Holiday Memorial Service at the Legacy Wall - This year we will hold the service at the Beit Olam East Legacy Wall instead of the original Beit Olam. Rabbi Louis Polisson of Congregation Or Atid will officiate at 11:00 a.m.

August 25 – Annual BOE Walking Tour & Sale – 2-4 p.m. – Wayland – In recognition of JCAM’s 36th year serving Greater Boston’s Jewish Community, we are extending to participants our double “Chai” discounts.

April 8 – JCAM Mourns the Loss of Long-Time Friend and Supporter: Century Bank’s Marshall M. Sloane

March 20 – JCAM Appoints New Executive Director – The Board of Directors of the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts (JCAM) is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Jamie Cotel as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective April 8, 2019.


October 22 – The Boston Preservation Alliance honored JCAM's preservation efforts at the Ohabei Shalom Cemetery Chapel in East Boston with the Stewardship Recognition.

July 16 – JCAM's efforts to preserve the Ohabei Shalom Cemetery Chapel in East Boston has been selected to be honored by the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA). The Alliance will award a Stewardship Recognition at its October 22nd ceremonies.

June 20 – Times of Israel features story on Ohabei Shalom Cemetery Chapel

May – Five cemeteries have joined the JCAM family this year.



October 27 – JCAM's work to welcome immigrants to the area received some attention in The Boston Globe in an article titled "Welcome Signs." (Click the link to see a PDF of the full Globe article.)

June 01 – New Grant Received for Ohabei Shalom Chapel Renovation – For the 2nd year in a row, the JCAM Charitable Foundation is the proud recipient of a $40,000 grant from the George B. Henderson Foundation for the final exterior restoration of the Ohabei Shalom Chapel in East Boston. The Ohabel Shalom Chapel is part of an ongoing restoration project to convert the 1903 chapel into the East Boston Immigration Center exhibit hall. The chapel sits at the entrance to the first Jewish Cemetery in Massachusetts (1844) and both the chapel and cemetery are on the National Register of Historic Places. JCAM is very excited and grateful to the George B. Henderson Foundation for awarding it another generous grant. This will allow JCAM to put the finishing touches on the exterior of the building and move closer to restoring the interior!


August 08 – JCAM helps CNN Correspondent locate his relatives' graves in Melrose, MA Cemetery. The Netherlands Cemetery was recently acquired by JCAM and has been under restoration.

June 24 – JCAM Receives MA Preservation Project Fund Grant for Ohabei Shalom Restoration – The Massachusetts Preservation Project Fund has awarded a $50,000 matching grant to the JCAM Charitable Foundation for critical repairs to the Ohabei Shalom Chapel exterior. The Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund (MPPF) is a state-funded 50% reimbursable matching grant program established in 1984 to support the preservation of properties, landscapes, and sites (cultural resources) listed in the State Register of Historic Places.

March 1 – JCAM Receives Grant for Ohabei Shalom Restoration – The George B. Henderson Foundation Fund for the City of Boston awarded a $40,000 grant for critical repairs to the Ohabei Shalom Chapel in East Boston. The Henderson Foundation has been awarding grant funds to communities and organizations of all origins for restorations of historic properties, park preservations, art installations and other projects focused on enhancing the physical appearance of the City of Boston.

Jan. 15 – Netherland Cemetery (Melrose, MA) Gets a Facelift – 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. See a sampling of the before and after pictures of these accomplishments.



Nov. 2 – BBC World Service Focuses on Interfaith Burial issues and features Beit Olam East in Broadcast – Beit Olam East, the JCAM-owned cemetery in Wayland consecrated in 2010, is featured in a BBC World Service feature story about burial issues facing interfaith couples. The Nov. 1 article and radio broadcast titled, "Can I be buried next to my Jewish husband?" is by Sharmini Selvarajah. She reports on the issues and uses her own situation married to a Jewish American man.

Oct. 7 – Visiting Israeli Students Take Educational Tour – A group of Israeli students visiting Congregation Beth El in Sudbury – Project HiBur (Haifa-Beth El Relationship) – toured the historic Framingham-Natick Cemetery.

June 14 – Historical Society Tours Malden Cemetery – Malden Historical Society attended JCAM’s Cemeteries Are for the Living educational tour at the Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground on Lebanon Street in Malden tours Malden cemetery.

May 31 – 'The Stones Speak' – presentation by Guest Speaker Lisa Rosowsky – at the 31st Annual JCAM Board of Directors' meeting held at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA. The artist explains her personal motivation for making a beautiful quilt honoring the famous cemetery in West Roxbury.

May 1 – Tears of Joy at JCAM's Genizah Rededication – More than 100 people came to witness the rededication of JCAM's new Genizah and Education Center at the Baker Street Cemeteries.

April 07 – Teen Fellows Repurpose Cemetery Chapel; Rededication is April 26th – A cemetery chapel at the Baker Street Cemeteries in West Roxbury has been repurposed to serve as the new JCAM Genizah and a community center. Read about the project and the group of dedicated youths who made it happen.

February 13 – Jewish Advocate article on The Netherlands Cemetery – New article in The Jewish Advocate reports on the history of the Netherlands Cemetery currently being restored by JCAM.

February 12 – Cemeteries Hit Hard During Winter of 2015 – It has been a challenging winter for our caretakers with the amount of snow that has fallen so far. Where to put the snow and how to remove over 6 feet of it has made it very difficult to ensure public safety and make roadways accessible for funerals.

February 9 – Six Cemeteries Join JCAM –The Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts is pleased to inform you that we have acquired six additional cemeteries to be under JCAM’s care.

January 12 – Restorations at Woburn Cemeteries done over last two years – JCAM recently completed a series of restoration projects at its Woburn, MA cemeteries. Fences were repaired and repainted and several entry gates were completely restored and repaired. See the slide show of before and after pictures.

January 05 – JCAM Reports on Restorations at Netherlands Cemetery in Melrose, MA – JCAM last year took responsibility for the Netherlands Cemetery in Melrose, MA which dates back to the 1860s. A lot of work went into simply returning the cemetery to dignity, righting monuments and cleaning the grounds. More is planned for the summer of 2015 – your help to fund this effort would be appreciated.



May 19 – Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts! Established in 1984, JCAM started with 17 Jewish cemeteries (5 of which were abandoned)....today it currently owns or operates 108 Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts (out of 209). Join us in a Yasher Koach to JCAM for its continued mission of Preservation, Restoration and Continuity of Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts.

April 14 – JCAM Rescues Rare Holocaust-era Treasure – A rare copy of a children's haggadah was left at the JCAM genizah for burial. Spotted by JCAM's own Cantor Alan Kritz, it has been rescued for preservation. Read More....

January 14 – JCAM Partners with Mass. Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) on Uses for Ohabei Shalom Chapel in East Boston – JCAM announces a key partnership for its Boston Jewish Immigration History Project at the Ohabei Shalom Chapel in East Boston! Joining with JCAM in this effort is the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition, New England’s largest organization promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.


December 24 – HCBG Featured in Times of Israel article – JCAM's Restoration of the Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground is featured in a long article in the Times of Israel online newpaper based in Jerusalem.

November – Powerwashing Cleans Up Cemetery – JCAM has carefully power washed monuments at the 170-year-old historic Ohabei Shalom Cemetery, East Boston (1844). Most of the oldest monuments are delicate and made of limestone. Over time, exposure to the elements caused many of the inscriptions to become worn and illegible.  After power washing, the same monuments are sparkling white! The transformation is spectacular.

September 23 – HCBG Rededication Coverage – JCAM's Rededication of the Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground brings out the sunshine on the restoration of a Boston-area historical treasure. Attendees flood the grounds as the sun breaks through the clouds.

September 12 – HCBG Story on Malden Access TV – See JCAM's Stanley Kaplan interviewed on Malden Access TV.

August 21 – HCBG Rededication Planned – JCAM invites the Greater Boston community to join in a day of Remembrance and Rededication Sunday, September 22, 2013 – 11:00 am at Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground 313 Lebanon Street • Malden, MA.

May 22 – 2013 Book Burial – JCAM's 2013 Book Burial was held at the King Solomon Memorial Park cemetery in West Roxbury. JCAM annually buries with dignity thousands of worn out siddurim (prayer books), torah scrolls, tallism, tzitzit, tefellin, and other sacred materials containing the Hebrew name of G-d each.

May 1 – Kol HaKavod issue 4 – JCAM announces rededication event for September 22 for the Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground in Malden, the second oldest Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts. Appeal continues for memorializing 'the forgotten children' through purchase of bricks to honor the more than 1,400 people (mostly children) buried there.


December 5 – Kol HaKavod issue 3 – Focuses on the launch of the "Brick-by-Brick" fundraising campaign to honor more than 1200 "forgotten children" with bricks engraved with their names. Many of these children, some only hours or weeks old, are buried in unmarked graves.

October 26 – Reaching 'The Promised Land' – Stage Production about Jewish Immigrants Excerpts from Mary Antin's autobiography (early 1900s), and the writings of other immigrants, will be brought to the stage in “The Promised Land: Celebrating the Stories of Boston's Jewish Immigrants" Oct. 30 (2012) at 7:30 p.m. at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown.

The 2012-2014 Guide to Massachusetts Jewish Cemeteries will be published in September – April 5 – contributions sought – deadline is June 1. The “Guide” is distributed to more than 10,000 Jewish families in Massachusetts free of charge and serves to inform the community of the ongoing mitzvah work performed by the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts and the JCAM Charitable Foundation.

Maplewood Cemetery To Be Renamed Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground – March 29 – As part of a new restoration and preservation initiative, JCAM wants to transform the former Maplewood Cemetery in Malden - this once abandoned cemetery - into an historic Jewish landmark and tourist destination dedicated to long forgotten children. About 15% of the funds needed for the project have been committed. Another $100,000 is needed for the work.


Electronic Newsletter Launched – December 6 – JCAM goes online with its first electronic newsletter Kol HaKavod (With All Respect). The first issue features a story about honoring forgotten immigrant children.

Remembering the Forgotten Children – December – Once known as the Malden Free Burying Ground, the Maplewood Cemetery in Malden, MA is the resting place for Boston's poorest immigrant Jews who were unable to afford cemetery plots in congregational cemeteries. Many were buried in unmarked graves. And, many were children of newly arrived Jewish immigrants.

Jewish War Vets Remembered and Honored – November – The seventh grade class of Temple Beth Torah in Holliston had the experience of participating in a JCAM Cemeteries Are for the Living educational program at the Framingham/Natick Hebrew Cemetery in time for Veterans Day.

JCAM’s Annual Book Burial – Sept. 25 was held at King Solomon Memorial Park Cemetery in West Roxbury – Each year JCAM invites the community to be part of the meaningful and educational experience of a Jewish book burial.

Restorations Completed at Two JCAM Cemeteries – Sept. 20
As part of our commitment to the restoration, preservation and maintenance on our more than 100 Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts, work was completed recently at the Puritan-Mt. Sinai Cemetery on Baker Street in West Roxbury and at the Agudas Achim Cemetery in Fitchburg.

Gann Academy's Mitzvah Project at JCAM’s Genizah – May 3
A group of 9th grade students from Gann Academy worked tirelessly and enthusiastically by sorting through the array of materials deposited by individuals, synagogues, and schools at JCAM’s community Genizah located on the Baker Street Cemetery in West Roxbury.


Jewish Advocate Reports on Beit Olam East – October 29
See the full report on the pending consecration of Beit Olam East Cemetery in Wayland.

Book Burial Event Set – October 10
JCAM announces its annual book burial event for October 10 in West Roxbury – all are invited with RSVP.

Beit Olam East Cemetery Plans Reveiled -- June 11, 2010
Wayland Town Crier newspaper reports on JCAM's progress report of construction at the new cemetery in Wayland.

JCAM's First Mitzvah Day -- May 16, 2010
JCAM held its first 'Mitzvah Day' at the Baker Street Cemeteries in West Roxbury.

Cemeteries Closed on Baker Streeet, West Roxbury -- April 16, 2010
JCAM reports many cemeteries along Baker Street are flooded and likely cannot accept burials for weeks.


Veterans Day Flag Project Launched -- Nov. 11, 2009
JCAM’s Jewish War Veterans Flag Project (in time for Veterans Day) started as an idea and after a huge success will now become a yearly mitzvah project.

Book Burial Succeeds Despite Nor'easter -- Oct. 19, 2009
Twenty-five adults and children braved a wind-swept, torrential rain to witness and participate in JCAM's Annual Book Burial at the Chevra Thillim Cemetery in West Roxbury.

Annual Meeting Celebrates 25 Years of Service -- May 17, 2009
JCAM celebrated its quarter-century achievements at its annual meeting; CJP President Barry Shrage delivered the keynote.

GuideCoverJCAM's 25th Anniversary Cemetery Guidebook -- April, 2009
As part of it's 25th anniversary commemoration, the JCAM Charitable Foundation's newest edition of History & Guide: Massachusetts Jewish Cemeteries is available online. The Guide, complete with maps and directions to all 209 Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts, also features the historical origins of the State’s Jewish cemeteries, dating as far back as 1844.



Annual Book Burial Fulfills Communal Responsibility -- October 12, 2008 The JCAM Charitable Foundation's annual book burial was held Sunday, Oct. 12th in West Roxbury, fulfilling its communal responsibility with the mitzvah of shammot.

Quincy Hebrew Cemetery Beautification -- July 2008 -- Quincy Hebrew Cemetery at the Baker Street complex in West Roxbury has been restored with a $250,000 effort involving a donation and fundraising. This once abandoned cemetery and chapel now shines.

Ohabei Shalom Cemetery Placed on National Historic Places Registry -- June 2008 -- Boston's first Jewish cemetery (1844) is now official historic, being voted to the National Register of Historic Places!

Ohabei Shalom Chapel Restoration Proceeds -- Jan. 14,2008 -- As part of the Mystic River Jewish Community Project, plans for the restoration of the oldest surviving Jewish chapel in Massachusetts proceed.


Jewish Advocate Feature Story-- Sept. 21,2007 -- "Cemetery tapestry captures histories; JCAM and local artist team up to celebrate Baker Street Cemetery"

August 6, 2007 Jewish Advocate, "Death As A Part Of Life."

Jewish Advocate News Story-- June 22,2007 -- (PDF file)
"State Helps Preserve Jewish History" news story about $50K grant

JCAM Press Release -- June. 20, 2007 -–
"Massachusetts Historical Commission Endorses Mystic River Jewish Communities Project with $50K Matching Grant"

Jewish Advocate News Story-- June 15,2007 -- (PDF file)
"Cemetery expansion gets go-ahead" news story

JCAM Press Release -- June. 1, 2007 -–
"Huge Demand for Beit Olam Expansion Cemetery in MetroWest"

Jewish Advocate Editorial -- May 2007 --
"Restoring the Past" -- from the Jewish Advocate regarding the Ohabei Shalom Chapel restoration project.


October 29, 2006 – Temple Israel of Natick Participates in Book Burial.

JCAM Press Release -- Oct. 1, 2006 -–
"Crawford Street Memorial Park Cemetery Merges with JCAM"

Yahoo News Sept. 12, 2006 --
"East Boston Celebrates Mystic River Jewish Communities Project"

September: East Boston Celebrates Mystic River Jewish Communities Project
More than 200 people turned out in East Boston to hear the JCAM Charitable Foundation's plans to restore the historic Ohabei Shalom Cemetery chapel into the future home of the Mystic River Jewish Exhibit Hall. The chapel stands at the grand entrance of the first Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts, Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery, founded in 1844. Click here for photos!

Boston Herald Op/Ed piece, June 12, 2006 --
"Mystic River Jews Finally Getting Their Due"

Boston Globe article, May 13, 2006 --
JCAM Charitable Foundation's plans to restore Ohabei Shalom Chapel in East Boston


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