One of Federation’s best-kept secrets is that we have been taking care of abandoned Hartford Jewish cemeteries for over three decades. These cemeteries were once affiliated with organizations or synagogues that are no longer in existence. Our Association provides these 28 sacred burial grounds with the proper maintenance and respect they deserve. Lawn care, snow removal, fence repairs, masonry work, tombstone resetting, burials and general upkeep provide dignity to our Hartford ancestors. If the Association of Jewish Cemeteries did not step in, these final resting spaces would have continued to decline. Caring for the dead is the highest act of tzedakah, or righteousness; Federation is proud to make these cemeteries a community priority.