After the acquisition of the Hebrew Cemetery by the Temple Israel Foundation in 1993, the primary objective was to restore the cemetery after nearly seven decades of neglect. The first several years were dedicated to clearing massive overgrowth, reestablishing a perimeter fence and arch, identifying graves and replacing missing markers. These goals were accomplished with considerable support, both volunteer and financial, from the Denver chapter of B’nai B’rith. This relationship has continued with annual “cleanup” weekends at the end of June.
The typical weekend schedule includes a Shabbat service at Temple Israel on Saturday morning followed by an oneg. The afternoon can be spent enjoying Leadville’s various attractions. On Sunday morning, the group convenes at the cemetery for a breakfast snack before setting to work. Lunch is served after a short memorial service. B'nai B'rith may have additional activities specific to their organization while in Leadville.
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