NEWS AND EVENTS:
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In response to excellent suggestions and requests we received from our supporters, we began a program of monthly Cemetery Tours and offered our first scheduled tour in March 2006. These tours provide an excellent opportunity (1) to visit the graves of your loved ones; (2) to honor the memory of the entire Perth Amboy Jewish Community of yesteryear; (3) to learn interesting historical information about these cemeteries, those interred there, and the community in which they lived; and (4) to observe the current condition of the cemeteries and our progress in restoring them. We include a few prayers at each cemetery, to enhance our memorial tribute, and we follow each tour with a visit to a local restaurant, so that we can extend our reminiscing and socializing. The tours are free, and all are welcome and invited to attend.
Our first tour program (in 2006) was very successful and popular, and we were sometimes accompanied by news reporters. Our final 2006 tour was covered by Channel 12 News. Our tours in 2007 - 2017 were even more rewarding, since many attendees invited their families to join them --- in some cases planning big family reunions around our cemetery tour. This enabled many to see cousins they hadn't seen for a long time and, in some cases, meet cousins they had never met before. We plan to continue these tours throughout 2018, and we always try to select dates that are both attractive and convenient for as many people as possible. We hope more families will plan reunions around our tour schedule.
Cemetery tours took place on the following Sundays in 2018:
- May 6 (one week before Mother's Day)
- June 17 (Father's Day)
- September 16 (between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur)
We plan to continue our tours in 2019 and will post our 2019 Cemetery Tour schedule in January 2019. We hope you will be able to join us at one or more of our tours, and we hope you will invite your friends and relatives to come too.
All tours will begin at 12:00 noon at the Hebrew Fraternity Cemetery entry gate on New Brunswick Avenue in Hopelawn. After visiting this cemetery, we will drive to the Congregation Shaarey Tefiloh Cemetery and Congregation Beth Mordecai Cemetery at Florida Grove Road and Bingle Street to visit these cemeteries. WEAR VERY COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND SHOES. ALSO WEAR A HEADCOVER (BASEBALL CAP WILL BE FINE).
For those who are unable to attend a scheduled group tour, especially those who live at a distance and plan to visit this area at another time, we will be happy to arrange for a private tour at another time. Please contact us to make such arrangements.
Although all tours are free, advance registration is strongly recommended (via website or phone), so that we can notify you of any changes (bad weather or other emergencies, etc.). Check back often for any weather-related changes.
BIRTHDAY AND YAHRZEIT DONATIONS:
If you can't visit the cemeteries for a real tour, be sure to take the virtual tour on this website. Anytime you can't visit the graves of your loved ones in person, you can visit them online through this website. Instead of placing a stone on the grave during a real visit, you can send a donation to Friends for Preservation of Middlesex County Jewish Cemeteries, Inc. in memory of your loved ones ----- before the holidays, on a birthday or Yahrzeit, or at any other time. We will gladly place a stone on the graves for you. We do not want to compete with any synagogues or other institutions to which you are sending Yahrzeit donations. Please continue to send those donations, which are important to you and the recipient institutions, but please consider this an additional opportunity to honor and remember your loved ones, worthy of an additional donation to Friends for Preservation of Middlesex County Jewish Cemeteries, Inc.
BAR AND BAT MITZVAH PROJECTS AND STUDENT COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS:
We welcome calls from any students seeking projects for their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs or for school community service. We offer project ideas using our cemeteries to perform mitzvahs and to learn about their heritage. Any interested students should contact us through this website (using the "Contact Us" button on the left menu) or by phone (856-222-1418).
We have formed a partnership with The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, so that we can work together to achieve our goals.
- Cemetery Registry: Many genealogists suggested that we photograph and index all monuments at our cemeteries and provide these data to the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR). We agreed that this was an important project and undertook this daunting task in early 2009. We are very grateful to all of the volunteers who helped us with all aspects of this endeavor and are happy to report that this project has been completed. We have provided the information on Congregation Shaarey Tefiloh's cemetery monuments, memorial plaques, and Yahrzeit cards to JewishGen. Adding this information to the JOWBR database will memorialize forever the names and Yahrzeit dates of our community ancestors in a way that will make this information available to future generations.
- Perth Amboy Jewish History Book: Perth Amboy's Jewish Community: History, Memories, Tribute is now available for sale. The authors collected a great deal of material and interviewed many people with stories, memories, and photos to share. This book is an elegant 9x12 hardcover treasure you will want to own --- and you will want your children and grandchildren to have their own copies. If you are interested in purchasing a book and need an order form, please contact us.