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. (Details of how you can help are below.)
The plans include a new entrance gate and fence with granite posts (above) that will surround this sacred ground. New pathways of sandstone will be designed and installed, and new granite steps will lead visitors to the children's garden and memorial (artists' rendering below). The restored Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground will attract those visitors who want to incorporate this historic landmark as part of Jewish Boston's tourism destination.
This all-but-abandoned Jewish cemetery is the final resting place for more than 1,400 decedents, of which 760 were children under the age of one and 679 between the ages of one to twenty years old. The cemetery was the resting place for Boston's poorest immigrant Jews who were unable to afford cemetery plots in congregational cemeteries. Many of these are buried in unmarked graves. The Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground is the 2nd oldest Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts, established in 1851. We will be submitting this site for a nomination into the National Register of Historic Places.
Help us fulfill this important historic "mitzvah" project. Please donate online (click here for our donations page) or send a check for this effort to our offices:
JCAM Charitable Foundation
189 Wells Ave.
Newton, MA 02459
In either case, indicate that your donation is directed to the Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground.
Your tax-deductible donations will help us carry on with our mission of "Chevrat Kvod Hamet" (guardians of the dead).
Please consider donating to help honor these forgotten children. Use our donations page online!