Bayside Acacia Cemetery (Queens)
The Bayside Cemetery is a cemetery in Bayside, Queens, New York. It is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in New York City. It was founded in the mid-nineteenth century, and among those buried there are many military veterans from the Civil War onward. It is bordered on the east by Acacia Cemetery and on the west by Mokom Sholom Cemetery.
Both Acacia Cemetery and Mokom Sholom Cemetery are well maintained by their respective administrations and professional ground crews. However, in the last several decades Bayside Cemetery has fallen into extensive disrepair. It is owned by Congregation Shaare Zedek, which is located several miles away on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The Congregation Shaare Zedek claims that the cost of maintaining Bayside Cemetery is more than the congregation can bear; it used funds collected for the improvement of this desecrated cemetery to repair the roof on its synagogue.
Restoration and rejuvenation
CAJAC - The Community Association for Jewish At-Risk Cemeteries - has begun a major project to restore and maintain Bayside Cemetery. CAJAC, a non-profit organization established to rescue and maintain Jewish cemeteries, has hired MC Landscaping to perform the major cleanup, while groups of volunteers led by Dr. Ronny Herskovits complement the professional efforts. The initial cleanup is set to be completed by November 2009.[dated info]
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