The worth of a community is most clearly evident by how it cares for its deceased. The three primary Jewish Cemeteries in Worcester – where more than 10,000 Jews are buried – are not in good condition.

The Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts and its cemetery committee, the Worcester Jewish Cemetery Improvement Association, have joined in an effort to make sure we take care of our local cemeteries.

Worcester is the home to three Jewish cemeteries: B’nai Brith, Worcester Hebrew Cemetery, and the Chevra Kadisha & Chesed Shel Emes cemetery. These cemeteries are in desperately in need of our help. Several have have fallen into disrepair. Our organization has been founded to reverse this trend and give our ancestors the resting place they deserve. A place where you will be proud to visit a place of respect for our loved ones.

GET INVOLVED

Please help us raise $400,000 by June 1, 2020
to fix fallen and leaning gravestones, repave roads, add security, update landscaping, and make available to visitors a wayfinding/mapping system. Please join us in this noble endeavor by donating to the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts’ Worcester Jewish Cemetery Improvement Association fund.

A $100,000 challenge grant has been put forth by two people with significant Jewish Worcester roots, Jeff Greene and Bob Kraft. This challenge grant will be realized when another $100,000 is donated by March 15, 2020. When successful, this will put us well within reach of our initial goal of raising $400,000.

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Any amount – $10, $25, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 – helps.

We are pleased to announce that the effort to raise $400,000 to remediate and renovate the three Jewish cemeteries in Worcester – B’nai Brith, Chèvra Kadisha, and Worcester Hebrew – was reached today. More than 100 people have participated in the effort, and of course, additional donors are more than welcome to participate. Thank you to the Sigel Family Foundation for leading the way with a $50,000 gift toward these efforts. It should be noted that Jeff Greene and Bob Kraft’s $100,000 January matching challenge turbo-charged the campaign which was intended to be 1-year in duration until June 1st of this year. We are now going to direct our efforts at actualizing the plan to make Worcester’s Jewish Cemeteries into the beautiful and dignified resting places they should be. Thank you to all the donors.

The Worcester Jewish Cemetery Improvement Association (WJCIA), an effort of the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, has launched this website which describes the need for renovating the three Jewish cemeteries in Worcester (see the Jewish Ledger’s March 13, 2019 issue: New Committee will restore Worcester’s Jewish Cemeteries). Of the $400,000 needed, more than $165,000 has been pledged, and recently, a $100,000 challenge grant has been put forth by two people with significant Jewish Worcester roots, Jeff Greene and Bob Kraft.