Federation to hold Day of Caring on Sept. 15

By: Reporter staff

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold a Day of Caring on Sunday, September 15, beginning at 9:30 am. Volunteers will clean overgrown gravestones at Temple Israel Cemetery in Conklin. The focus will be on section D of the cemetery; the people buried there were indigent and have no family in the area to care for their graves. Their flat grave markers are covered with grass and dirt, and are difficult to see.
Following the recovery and cleaning of the gravestones, there will be a short dedication of the new boundary that will protect the graves in this section. Rabbi Geoffrey Brown, the spiritual leader of Temple Israel, said, “Caring for those who have passed is the highest order of mitzvot one can perform. Jeff Shapiro first conceived the need to secure section D of the cemetery with a physical boundary and Ron Sall’s capable team constructed the new fence.”
“This is our second year performing this mitzvah,” said Shelley Hubal, executive director of the Federation. “Join us for this important event.”
Anyone with questions or who is interested in helping should call the Federation at 724-2332. Attendees are encouraged to bring garden tools such as shovels, gloves and trowels.