Visiting Groups to Clean Cemeteries, Summit Elbert
The summer season is in full swing, which mean lots of visitors, and taking the back streets through town to avoid all the additional traffic. But welcome one and all, especially those groups doing something extra special while they are here in Leadville and Lake County.
Annual Jewish Cemetery Clean Up This Weekend
Leadville is known for its cemeteries. People actually come to town specifically to spend time walking or driving thru the Evergreen, Hebrew and St. Joseph Cemeteries.
This weekend will be no different. However, this group will also spend time cleaning up gravesides, as they’ve done every year since 1996. The 18th Annual Leadville Jewish Cemetery Cleanup project gets underway this weekend, June 27 – 29. Sponsored and B’nai B’rith Denver, the Young Leadership Network will be cleaning up on the grounds at Leadville’s Jewish Cemetery, located next to Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville.
Their weekend celebration will kick off Friday night, June 27 with a Kabbalat Shabbat and a kosher-style dairy pot luck at the Silver Dollar Campground at Turquoise Lake.
On Saturday, June 28 activities begin at 10 a.m. with a Shachrit service, followed by an oneg at Temple Israel (at the corner of 4th & Pine, 1 block west of Harrison Avenue). Rabbi Debra Rappaport, from B’nai Vail Congregation and Rabbi Eliot Baskin from Jewish Community Chaplaincy & Rafael Spiritual Healing Center of Jewish Family Service of Colorado will lead services.
During the early evening, the group will serve a non-dairy pot luck dinner and join the Community Meal at 5 p.m. served at St. George Episcopal Church (directly across the street from Temple Israel). Please bring canned goods to support the church’s ongoing meals program. A communal Havdalah Ceremony will follow the pot luck.
On Sunday, June 29, the muscle work begins with the annual clean up of the Leadville Hebrew Cemetery at 9 a.m. Free breakfast will be available for early volunteers. The group’s goal this year is the general clean up of the grounds, which will include cutting weeds, pruning tree branches, cemetery picket fence painting, and sprucing up soiled grave markers.
A graveside memorial service honoring those early Jewish pioneers buried in the Leadville Hebrew Cemetery will be conducted at 11 a.m. Each year the service is held around a different grave site that has been researched regarding the history of the deceased.
Following the memorial service, B’nai B’rith will provide a kosher lunch to thank all volunteers for their hard work and devotion to this annual mitzvah.
Clean up will continue throughout Sunday until approximately 4 p.m.
Starting in 1995, B’nai B’rith Denver has partnered with the Temple Israel Foundation to restore the cemetery after decades of neglect. The cemetery was re-consecrated in August 1999 and is currently accepting new interments. The partnership has remained and annual volunteer clean ups have been continued every summer.
Here’s a great video about the Leadville Jewish Cemetery Clean Up
Reaching the Top of Elbert for Fallen Heroes!
Is summiting one of Colorado’s 14ers one of your summer goals? Well, consider joining Cops on Top for their Mt. Elbert ascent this Saturday, June 28 to honor of the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Every year on the last Saturday in June, Cops on Top teams from across the country set out to summit their state’s highest point. Last year, a team of 23 volunteers summited Mt. Elbert and they are looking for others interested in joining them this year.Team Colorado for Cops on Top summited Mt. Elbert to honor fallen heroes last June. Will you join them this year?
Cops on Top has a mission of never forgetting the life, memory and sacrifice of our nation’s law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Whether the team is attempting to climb the tallest mountain or hike the highest hill, each team member carries with them the memory of the tremendous sacrifice the officers made to protect and serve that State. Certainly something to remember with memorial Day just around the corner. Thank you to all law enforcement, but especially the Leadville/Lake County officers for keeping the community safe.