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.
JCGC serves the burial needs of the Greater Cincinnati Jewish
community with care and dignity and honors the resting places of our people.
JCGC will serve and engage our entire Jewish community and preserve the history and memory of our people, while maintaining financial stability.
Service: JCGC provides quality service with dignity and compassion in the fulfillment of its sacred duty.
JCGC stewards all resources in a way that
sustains our cemeteries.
JCGC respects the diverse traditions of the Jewish community it serves and is committed to collaborative decision making.
JCGC preserves and shares the Jewish community's history enshrined in our cemeteries.
JCGC acts ethically and respectfully toward its staff, volunteers and the public.
Workum Intern Job Description: Field Research Assistant
Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati (JCGC) is seeking a detail-oriented, self-directed intern to assist the organization in several projects related to genealogy research, historic preservation, and data management. The internship will focus on one or more of the following projects:
JCGC will likely be onboard a new database in the coming year and some internship duties may be related to helping configure the new database, migrate data, and digitally mapping the cemeteries.
- Expanding the research capabilities of our online genealogy resources through reviewing archival records and doing independent research that may include research at the American Jewish Archives, County Clerk Offices, and at the Public Library.
- Working on JCGC's Monument Repair Database, which involves walking through the cemeteries and using a tablet to log photographs, GPS coordinates, and key information about monuments, many of historic and artistic significance, and their repair needs. May include grant preparation work, as well.
- Work on JCGC's Chestnut Street Cemetery Rehabilitation, part of the 200th anniversary of the cemetery and the Cincinnati Jewish community, including working on biographies and other information on the dearly departed in our oldest cemetery, to help design and create a display/exhibit.
Education Major/Career Interests:
History, genealogy, historic preservation, and/or data management.
The Workum Intern should have an interest in history, historic preservation, and/or genealogy. They should be proficient in internet research and Excel. Knowledge of Hebrew is a plus, but is not required. Some familiarity with basic database systems would be helpful, but is also not required.