The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is anguished and outraged by the senseless violence in Las Vegas. As we begin the new year, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the entire Las Vegas community today.

Also, see our response to recent natural disasters and how you can help.

Volunteers cleaning up Mt. Carmel Cemetery

Convening Our Communities to Make a Difference

As a result of the time, talent and treasure being shared after the recent desecration of Mount Carmel Cemetery and threats being called into Jewish institutions, together we have:

Secured more than $220,391 from 2,778 gifts for our Mount Carmel Cemetery project. Any donations that exceed the cost of restoration and repairs will go directly to addressing the growing and long-term security needs of our Jewish communities.

Connected over 300 volunteers with hands-on opportunities to cleanup, repair and document the damage to Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Organized a Stand Against Hate on Independence Mall to ensure our voices are heard as we condemn all acts of hatred and violence and reinforce our belief in the power of peace. Over 5,000 community members -- including many clergy and elected officials -- used words and songs to condemn violence and carry a message of peace.

Important Message for Those with Family Members Buried at Mount Carmel

If you would like to learn the status of a loved one’s tombstone, you can send an inquiry to: mtcarmelcemetery@jewishphilly.org.

Restoration

Restoration of the cemetery will be underway very soon. Thanks to advice from the National Park Service’s regional office based in Philadelphia, we have retained cemetery restoration experts Gravestone Matters to oversee the restoration work. Joe Ferrannini of Gravestone Matters will be training and overseeing a number of skilled volunteers as well as some professional masons.

As highlighted by the events of recent weeks, our work to address hatred and increase security must be ongoing, and expanded. Here are some ways for you to partner with us to continue to repair our world at this serious time:

Donate Now

You can honor the memories of those whose tombstones were violently desecrated in Mount Carmel Cemetery by supporting our fund to cleanup and repair Mount Carmel.

To make a gift now, click here.

Volunteer

To learn about volunteer opportunities, contact mtcarmelcemetery@jewishphilly.org.