As part of the yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary, volunteers from Sol Levinson & Bros. joined the Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater Baltimore on Sept. 16 to clean up East Baltimore’s Hebrew Friendship Cemetery in preparation for Yom Kippur.

The cemetery cleanup was part of Jewish Volunteer Connection‘s Day to Unite. The annual event took place at various locations around the Baltimore metropolitan area. Other activities included volunteering at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown, serving lunches at Our Daily Bread and Helping Up Mission, and a  multi-generational interactive program at Springwell Senior Living.

At Hebrew Friendship Cemetery, volunteers picked up litter and helped to make the cemetery a more appealing place for mourners and visitors. There was also a memorial service for those buried at the historic cemetery, which is the final resting place of some of Baltimore’s best-known Jewish citizens.

Among the volunteers were members of UMBC Jewish Learning Connection‘s new Jewish Giving Connection initiative.

JVC’s next annual events for volunteering opportunities are “Mitzvah Day” on Dec. 25; the “Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service” on Jan. 21; and “Good Deeds Day” on Apr. 7. For information, visit

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