Updated: May 25
Typically, once or twice a year a group of volunteers will generously take time for a mitzvah day in the Jewish sections of New Camden Cemetery, which are overseen by the JCF and have graves that date back to the 1890s.
On May 16th, 17 members from Temple Beth Sholom and Rabbi Bryan Wexler lent a helping hand at the cemetery. Per a post on the TBS Facebook page:
The Social Action Committee in cooperation with the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. Post 126, Jewish Community Foundation, and Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) of Southern New Jersey cleaned up the New Camden Cemetery on Sunday morning. In addition to cleaning up the area, volunteers flagged the graves of veterans to honor and remember our nation's heroes.
Thank you to Naomi Mirowitz, Social Action Committee Chairperson, and our team of TBS volunteers for performing this mitzvah!
This volunteer group, which included JCF's Executive Director Seth Mirowitz, got a lot done in a short time! In total, the group flagged 24 graves (ahead of Memorial Day) scattered throughout two acres of land, along with raking leaves, clearing debris, and other light grounds keeping tasks.
Pictured in the accompanying photo are: (front) Jocelyn Klein, Eden Klein; (l-r) Joan Sirisky Wechter, Phil Sax, Ande Sax, Eileen Wolf, Mindy Ronseblum, Ted Kilsdonk, Ben Rosenblum, Robert Kilsdonk, Bruce Ranes, Robbie Ranes, Jeff Abrams, Naomi Mirowitz, Eric Abrams, JCF Executive Director Seth Mirowitz, Ruth Abrams. Not pictured/photographer: Bryan Wexler.
From all of us at the JCF, thank you to the TBS Social Action Committee for your efforts in maintaining New Camden Cemetery and honoring Jewish veterans who served our country.
We also thank Jewish Family & Children's Service for helping to organize flagging at New Camden Cemetery and other Jewish cemeteries throughout SNJ, as well as the Furer-Barag-Wolf Post 126 Jewish War Veterans for their assistance in tracking veterans' burials, and Camden County for providing the flags.
If your group would like to arrange a mitzvah project at the cemetery, please contact the JCF at 856-673-2528 and we would be happy to work with you.