In keeping with the Jewish tradition to honor the dead, CAJAC represents the organized Jewish community’s efforts to preserve Jewish cemeteries and to create permanent solutions for ensuring their long-term sustainability.
CAJAC utilizes a model of centralized management and governance, bringing together a consortium of Jewish cemeteries, burial societies, and other cemetery organizations under one umbrella organization.
Through a collaboration of volunteers, community leaders and local agencies, CAJAC actively addresses the decline of Jewish cemeteries, frequently spearheading rehabilitation efforts to restore dignity and respect to distressed burial grounds.
In accordance with Jewish tradition, the Community Alliance for Jewish-Affiliated Cemeteries (CAJAC) acts to assist the living in honoring their departed ancestors, who can no longer speak for themselves.
CAJAC provides the critical link in setting standards, developing strategies, and assisting those tasked as fiduciaries for Jewish cemeteries. These standards help to fulfill the sacred task of preserving sanctity, ensuring physical well-being, and providing for financial stability into perpetuity.
CAJAC exists to address and mitigate the decline of Jewish cemeteries by absorbing those organizations in peril and creating succession plans for those at risk for future insolvency.
When you mention Jewish cemeteries in America, the interest is not always there. My feeling is, Jewish history is Jewish history and how could you allow Jewish cemeteries to fall into disrepair and be overgrown? CAJAC represents the Jewish community’s collective response to cemetery preservation and it is continuing to become backstop to take care of Jewish cemeteries in Metropolitan New York.Richard Fishman
I am pleased to to support this worthy cause. Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing. It is said that the highest chesed is doing for those who have passed because it is not possible for them to repay or reciprocate. Our sages call this chesed v’emet.David Lobel
CAJAC shares with the National Association of Chevros Kadisha (NASCK) a commitment to highlighting the Jewish community’s sacred duty towards end-of-life issues. I am pleased CAJAC continues to address the systemic challenges facing Jewish cemeteries, simultaneously sensitizing the Jewish community as it relates to its obligation to care for its cemeteries.Rabbi Elchonon Zohn
Jewish Community Legacy Project (JCLP) is pleased to be an active partner with CAJAC to ensure the preservation of small congregations’ cemeteries. We appreciate CAJAC’s expertise, commitment and concern in their interaction with synagogue lay leadership and cemetery committees. The metropolitan New York network of Jewish cemeteries is strengthened by the dedicated work of CAJAC’s professionals and lay leaders.Noah Levine
CAJAC’s broad experience has provided wise counsel for the benefit of our Jewish cemeteries in central New Jersey. It is such a relief to partner with such caring, talented and committed people. I praise the day we started working together.Michael Wasserman
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