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The North Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Trust

"Working with the community, synagogues and individuals to  maintain the dignity of  our cemeteries"

Blackley

 The North Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Trust is dedicated to  remedying decades  of neglect and underfunding within  Manchester’s Cemetery System. 

 The North Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Trust is dedicated to  remedying decades  of neglect and underfunding within  Manchester’s Cemetery System.

 Many of us have former family members or friends who are now  buried in one of our  neglected Cemeteries – perhaps at  Prestwich,  Crumpsall or Blackley Cemeteries.

 As individual family members we have a financial and active  responsibility to  maintain the actual graves and tombstones of our  loved ones.

 But as a community we have a collective duty to look after the infrastructure and to  facilitate the provision of respectable and fitting resting places for our loved ones.

 And we need to purchase land and create new cemeteries within the next few years to augment the limited number of burial spaces currently available.

To undertake and achieve the massive task ahead, we need funds. Family members need to commit to a programme of maintenance and cleaning for the graves and tombstones of their family members. As a community we all need to contribute to the upkeep and improvement of the existing cemeteries as well as providing the funds for the provision of new cemeteries.

Many members of the community do not even belong to a burial board and simply ‘assume’ that the system will look them after the when the time comes. This approach has left us with the problems we can all see.

This website, when complete, will outline the programmes of works we plan to undertake, the services we will be offering and how each and every member of the community can help.

How can you help?

In the meantime, we ask and urge you to click on the Paypal link and make a donation. Our current annual budget is £125,000 just to keep on top of things. But we really need much more. If we can generate £250,000 per annum that will allow us all to share in a massive improvement to the cemeteries.

We are suggesting a minimum annual contribution of £52 per person i.e. £1/week. But if you can afford it please give more! If enough people participate, we will raise the necessary funds.

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