Since 1821 some 26 Jewish cemeteries have been formed in the Greater Cincinnati area. Recognizing that many of the originating congregations had ceased to exist, similar problems faced all the cemeteries, and that the leadership base was aging, a small group of community leaders embarked on a multi-year project to address these issues. Ultimately, 23 of these cemeteries determined that it was in their mutual best interest to create a new, merged organization, which would assume responsibility for the perpetual care of the existing cemeteries and the creation of such new cemeteries as will be necessary to serve the Jewish community's future needs, as well as to promote and preserve the history of community members and our rich collective history, and serve as a research resource.
JCGC began operations in 2008 with initial funding provided by existing endowments from the merged cemeteries, a grant from The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, and an ongoing endowment fundraising campaign under the auspices of The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. With this funding in place, JCGC will be able to make needed repairs in the existing cemeteries and provide for ongoing and future needs for the entire Jewish community of Greater Cincinnati.
Workum Intern Job Description: Research Assistant
Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati is seeking a patient, detail-oriented, self-directed intern to assist our Office Manager in expanding the research capabilities of our online genealogy resources and to assist in the digitizing of records, systems, and processes.
In addition to helping research and verify the general data JCGC received in the merger, JCGC regularly receives requests from families and genealogists for help locating or identifying the burial places of family members. This often involves field research at our cemeteries, locating obituaries in archives, and then researching the relationships to other family members.
The Workum Intern should have an interest in history and/or genealogy. S/he should be proficient in internet research, as well as comfortable doing some on-site research in our office and at local cemeteries, including archival research, and potentially research at the American Jewish Archives, County Clerk Offices, and at the Public Library. Knowledge of Hebrew would be a plus, but is not required. Some familiarity with basic database systems would be helpful, but is also not required.