Jewish Voice

Monday
March 30th, 2015
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Lifestyle Education

Education

Boys Town J’slm Students Restore Neglected Jerusalem Cemetery

Boys Town J’slm Students Restore Neglected Jerusalem Cemetery

For nearly two centuries, the “Pauper’s Cemetery” on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion has lain in desecration and ruin. Recently 400 Boys Town Jerusalem students paid a rare, posthumous tribute to the hundreds of Jewish poor and indigent buried there by volunteering to clear layers of rubble that ravage the gravesites of the long-neglected cemetery.

To reach the historic graveyard, the youngsters descended a steep, winding path. Under an unseasonably hot Jerusalem sky, they rolled up their sleeves to carefully haul away thick branches, brush, metal, and glass fragments that cover the broken gravestones.

Although the renowned Mount of Olives cemetery has traditionally served as Jerusalem’s main burial ground, the nearby, lesser-known Mount Zion cemetery was the final resting place for around 9000 Jews from the 17th century until 1945. Unlike the Mount of Olives, there was no cost for burial plots on Mount Zion, thus those buried there were primarily impoverished or orphans. Few descendants have helped maintain the cemetery, wars and unrest have also taken their toll, and in recent years this graveyard has fallen into nearly total disrepair.

The Boys Town’s students’ volunteer work in clearing the cemetery came in conjunction with efforts by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Ministry of Religion to restore the Mount Zion Jewish cemetery.

BTJ student Daniel Shalom was notably moved by his experience on Mount Zion. “It was a great honor to pay our respects to those buried there and to make the effort to restore green, living beauty to this place of death,” he said.

Boys Town Jerusalem is one of Israel's premier institutions for educating the country's next generation of leaders in the fields of technology, commerce, education, the military and public service. Since its founding in 1948, BTJ has pursued its mission of turning young boys from limited backgrounds into young men with limitless futures. From Junior High through the college level, the three part curriculum at Boys Town - academic, technological and Torah - is designed to turn otherwise disadvantaged Israeli youth into productive citizens of tomorrow. Boys Town’s 18 acre campus is a home away from home for its more than 900 students. More than 7,000 graduates hold key positions throughout Israeli society.

 

Yeshiva University Announces Unified Faculty

Yeshiva University Announces Unified Faculty

Dean Karen Bacon to Lead Combined YC and Stern Faculty While Schools Remain Separate

Yeshiva University recently announced that it will unify the undergraduate faculties a...

Emory U Law Students Offer Help to Combat Anti-Semitism on Campus

Emory U Law Students Offer Help to Combat  Anti-Semitism on Campus

Following a string of anti-Semitic acts on campus, Emory University law students last month formed a campus chapter of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under...

Hebrew U Neuroscientist Wins $100K Prize for Psych Work

Hebrew U Neuroscientist Wins $100K Prize for Psych Work

Dr. Ami Citri of Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences has received the $100,000 Adelis Brain Research Award for outstanding wo...

State Legislators: Education Tax Credit Bill Is Good For All Schools

State Legislators: Education Tax Credit Bill Is Good For All Schools

The Education Investment Incentives Act—also known as the Education Tax Credit—is good for both public and non-public schools: this was the message shared by many of the ...

  • «
  •  Start 
  •  Prev 
  •  1 
  •  2 
  •  3 
  •  4 
  •  5 
  •  6 
  •  7 
  •  8 
  •  9 
  •  10 
  •  Next 
  •  End 
  • »
Page 1 of 113

Weather

Дешевые авиабилеты - http://aviatickets.org

PREVIOUS ISSUES

March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015

March 20, 2015

March 20, 2015