Community Cemetery Preservation Project

Video: Our Volunteers at Work

Lansing Cemetery Clean-Up 2012
See us in action in this brief, 3 minute video, of TINT congregation members, participating in the 2012 Lansing Cemetery clean-up.


Harvard Cemetery Clean-Up 2011
See our group in action. Watch this brief, 3 minute video, of TINT congregation members, participating in the 2011 Harvard Cemetery clean-up.


Cemetery Clean-Up 2010
Watch this brief, 6 minute video, of TINT congregation members, participating in the 2010 Chesed Shel Emet Cemetery clean-up.

Chesed Shel Emet "True Kindness"

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In 2011 Google spotted us reciting the Mourner's Kaddish at Harvard Cemetery.

In the fall of 2008 Temple Israel Ner Tamid began to participate in the annual Community Cemetery Preservation Project sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Each year, several dozen congregation members travel to a local cemetery to help clean the the grounds around Jewish graves where there is no family to care for them. We weed, rake, prune and beautify the grounds, rain or shine.

From 2008 - 2010, we traveled to the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery located in Brooklyn Ohio to perform this mitzvah. In 2011 and 2012 we worked in Cleveland's Harvard Cemetery. This year, 2013, we went to Mount Zion
Cemetery and cleaned grave markers in our Tempe's section.

How Can You Help? Be a volunteer.

We do this every fall. Let Rabbi Matt know that you want to help, next year.

Anyone in sixth grade or older is welcome to help with this mitzvah. We also need drivers to carpool with those who do not have a ride. Please let Rabbi Matt know if you can carpool.


We usually meet on a Sunday, a few weeks after the High Holy Days, at 8:45 a.m. in the Temple's parking lot and expect to leave by 9:00 a.m. We plan to be back by noon.

If you have gardening tools please bring them. We always need the following:

  • Rakes
  • Shovels
  • Clippers, Hedgers 
  • Gloves
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Heavy Duty Trash / Lawn Bags
  • Leaf Blowers
  • Hand Saws

This is a great opportunity for you to work together with your family and perform a selfless mitzvah.