“By paying tribute to those who came before us, we dignify our lives too. They are a part of us, we a part of them…and the covenant passes from generation to generation.”
–Stan Kaplan, Executive Director, Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusett
In our last issue of Kol HaKavod, we introduced our “Brick by Brick” campaign honoring the forgotten children at the Hebrew Charitable Burial Ground in Malden — the second oldest Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts (1851).
Our “Brick by Brick” memorial campaign is part of our $100,000 effort to restore this cemetery that was the primary site for indigent Jewish immigrant burials at the turn of the 20th century. Most of the 1,400 interred here are children, many who were victims of common childhood diseases. Today, because of medical advances and inoculations, diseases such as measles, mumps, influenza, or whooping cough to name a few, have largely been eradicated.
We appeal to you to join the growing list of donors who already have sponsored a child resting in an unmarked grave with a donation for an inscribed memorial brick. The outpouring of kindness and interest in this “mitzvah” project from the community has been wonderful, but we still are far from our goal of ensuring each forgotten child will have a memorial brick inscribed with their name.
If you have not yet sponsored a forgotten child, you may choose a name to be inscribed by accessing our website. Donations can be made online at our website, or you can download a Brick-By-Brick donation form and mail it in with your contribution.
A donation of $118 per brick ensures that a child resting in an unmarked grave will be forever memorialized. Their name will be inscribed on a brick that will line the walkway of this historic cemetery leading to a children’s memorial garden. This act of loving-kindness dignifies the life of a forgotten child and helps us restore this once abandoned Jewish cemetery.
For more detailed information about the JCAM Charitable Foundation’s plans for this historic cemetery, please see the story on our website from coverage in The Jewish Advocate.
The JCAM Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit communal organization dedicated to the maintenance, restoration and preservation of Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts.
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