Provide for the ongoing efficient and effective care and leadership of Jewish cemeteries in the Baltimore area.
Steve Venick and the biggest mitzvah
Steven Venick, president of the Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater Baltimore, first got involved in taking care of Jewish cemeteries at a young age, with the blessing and encouragement of his father.
Sometime around the July 4th weekend, 13 monuments were vandalized with swastikas in a JCA cemetery on German Hill Road (Ohr Knesseth Israel Anshe Sfard). Immediately upon learning of this, JCA acted to have monuments immediately cleaned and the graffiti removed. The police have been notified. “Fortunately, we have the infrastructure within the Jewish Cemetery...
Baltimore, MD – Today, in conjunction with Good Deeds Day, the Jewish Cemetery Association sponsored its first community wide Shaimos burial (Old Jewish books, pages, etc.). The event took place at the Bowleys Lane Cemetery, in Rosedale, MD. Many local shuls delivered numerous items accumulated over the years and the JCA was proud to be involved in ensuring...
Steve Venick, the president of the Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater Baltimore, first got involved in taking care of Jewish cemeteries at a young age, with the blessing and encouragement of his father.
Just weeks ago, the Ohr Knesseth Israel Anshe Sfard Congregation Cemetery looked like a tornado had torn through it. At least 80 stones, possibly as many as 100, had been toppled over by vandals on Erev Yom Kippur (the date appears to be a coincidence). The stones, which date to the early 1900s, lay flat on the ground, some even disconnected from their bases....
Jo Ann Windman
Rabbi Jerry Seidler
“The only truly dead are those who have been forgotten.”