Who We Are
The Friends of Har Nebo and Jewish Cemeteries (FHNJC) is a special initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Our mission is to appreciate the spiritual, historical, cultural, and community significance of cemeteries and look for ways to make repairs one step at a time.
Cemetery Restoration Pilot Project
Considering the sheer magnitude of distressed cemeteries in need of help, our pilot project will start off small and focus on restoring up to 20 headstones at Har Nebo Cemetery. We will also develop best practices through the creation and distribution of a how-to kit that Jewish cemeteries can implement.
We encourage Har Nebo descendants, community members, groups, organizations and synagogues to join in this effort. Even younger children can make an impact by painting decorative rocks.
Learn more about our pilot project in this Jewish Exponent article.
Long Term Goals
By way of our pilot project, we hope to inspire other community leaders of cemeteries in despair to start small restoration projects of their own.
There are approximately 20 Jewish cemeteries in the Greater Philadelphia area, many of which need some restoration. The larger picture of this initiative is to ensure that local Jewish cemeteries are brought to a respectful appearance level for generations to come.
This initiative welcomes sharing and learning from the experiences of all faith groups, especially those interested in cemetery rehabilitation.