Malden, MA – On Sunday, June 14th the Malden Historical Society (group photo below) attended JCAM’s Cemeteries Are for the Living educational tour at the newly restored Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground on Lebanon Street in Malden. More than 30 residents, including Mayor Gary Christenson, attended the event, led by Lisa Berenson, JCAM’s Director of Educational Programming. The group learned of the history of the historic cemetery and made stops along the way to learn about Jewish cemetery and burial customs, headstone iconography explanations and Jewish mourning customs.
The outpouring of interest in this once abandoned cemetery has been outstanding and the support received by the City of Malden’s elected officials and residents has been beyond measure. The Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground – the second oldest Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts (1851) – is the final resting place of more than 1,400 souls, mostly children in unmarked graves, who were once “the forgotten” in Massachusetts Jewish history, until JCAM fully restored and rededicated the cemetery in 2013 in the memory of those children.
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