The Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund (JJCPF) launched its database of Jewish burial grounds in Jamaica today. Volunteers conducted extensive cataloguing of the sites across the island between 2008 and 2017. They recorded 33 burial locations including synagogue-purchased cemeteries, family burial grounds, those that were sold and no longer exist, and plot markers which were part of an interment ground that is now on residential property.
I was fortunate enough to meet up with the volunteers during some of their annual trips, and wrote about it.I felt quite inspired by the Jewish volunteers’ dedication and their sheer enjoyment of the work, which was nevertheless quite taxing. They were mostly from New York (some with Jamaican heritage) and other parts of the United States, as well as from Jamaica. It was a fascinating experience for me, personally.
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