For the second year in a row, Lisa Vaeth, director of the Association of Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Hartford, has been selected to receive a full scholarship to attend the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s (ICCFA) school at the University of Memphis. The program will be held this summer at the Fogelman Conference Center on the university’s campus.
Vaeth, who will attend the school’s College of Leadership, Administration and Management, is among hundreds of cemeterians, funeral directors and related professionals planning to take part in the intensive week-long program where she will increase her knowledge in the areas of cemetery legal issues, community outreach, best practices, and other topics.
Founded in 1887, ICCFA is the only international trade association representing all segments of the cemetery, funeral service, cremation and memorialization profession. The Association also runs the Jewish Funeral Directors of America, Inc. (JFDA), an international association of 100 Jewish funeral homes and 170 Jewish funeral directors across North America. Organized in 1932, JFDA is the oldest and largest organization of its kind.
Led by Jeffrey Bergen and Henry Zachs, who serve as vice-chairs, the Association of Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Hartford is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. It has been overseeing the care of 28 abandoned Hartford Jewish cemeteries for more than three decades. The cemeteries were once affiliated with organizations or synagogues that have since folded.
“We are proud to provide these sacred burial grounds with the proper maintenance and respect they deserve,” says Vaeth, who lists lawn care, snow removal, fence repairs, masonry work, tombstone resetting, burials and general upkeep among the many tasks the Association provides. “If the Association of Jewish Cemeteries did not step in, these final resting places would have continued to decline. Caring for the dead is the highest act of tzedakah and the Jewish Federation is proud to make these cemeteries a community priority.”
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