Joining the Effort to Restore Jewish Cemetery

Buffalo’s Boy Scout Troop, The Tree Doctor and Federation join in effort to perform great mitzvah of restoring Beth Jacob Cemetery on Doat Street

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The Buffalo Jewish Review

July 4, 2008 The Tree Doctor, a Clarence-based tree service company, is providing nocharge assistance to help Buffalo-area Boy Scout Joshua Finkelstein restore a local cemetery. On Sunday, June 29, Chris Nicastro, The Tree Doctor Southtowns Manager, and other members of the Tree Doctor team, were on hand to help Joshua Finkelstein and his group of Boy Scouts and other area volunteers clean and rehabilitate the Beth Jacob Cemetery on Lansdale Place and Doat Street, in Buffalo. Joshua in managing this project to earn his Eagle Scout Leadership badge. Joshua’s Boy Scout Troop 156 is centered by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo.
Joshua Finkelstein conceived of this project to help restore the dignity of the Beth Jacob Cemetery, also known as the Doat Street Cemetery. The cemetery dates to the late 1800s.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo Cemetery Corporation administers and maintains several very old Jewish cemeteries in Western New York, including the Beth Jacob Cemetery.

Joshua Finkelstein is 15 and will enter the tenth grade at Nichols High School in the fall. He, and dozens of volunteers he organized, joined The Tree Doctor’s two certified arborist professional climbers. The Tree Doctor’s certified arborists pruned damaged trees, clearing the debris with help from Joshua and his volunteers. The Tree Doctor team, also operated a chipper and chip truck to remove debris.

The team worked on the cemetery site on Thursday, June 26, to Clear the land in advance of the volunteer work as part of its pro bono community services. The volunteers worked on the cemetery from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. last Sunday and will do so again on July 6.

In addition to the volunteer work, the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo Cemetery Corporation hopes, through Joshua’s leadership, to raise up to $200,000 that is needed to porperly complete the task of restoring dignity to the cemetery. The organization seeked philanthropists to provide these funds to complete work that the volunteers cannot, such as re-setting the cemetery monuments and reparing or replacing the fence.