Mark your calendar! July 30, 2017 is our annual Cleaning Day!

Calling all hands to the Annual Cleaning of
Historic Albany Hebrew Cemetery (a.k.a. Waverly Jewish Cemetery)
Sunday, July 30th , 2017 – 11am to 3pm.  Come when you can!

Come join us for a day of historic preservation, learn and share techniques for cleaning headstones and monuments without harming them, and enjoy meeting others who share a love for local history.

The Williamette Valley Jewish Community Burial Society invites you to the annual cleaning of headstones at the Albany Hebrew Cemetery on July 30th, 2017. Come join us for this one day. It’s a mitzvah!

We have been granted funds once again, from the Oregon Historic Cemeteries grant program in conjunction with Oregon State Parks and Rec, to continue our work from the past two years. We would appreciate your involvement to help make this happen.  Your volunteer hours count!

We suggest you bring a water bottle, hat, chair or knee pad, rubber gloves, and snacks.  These are optional items. We provide the cleaning equipment. Address is 3013-3099 SE Salem Ave, Albany OR 97321.

Bruce Howard is finishing up restoration of a few memorials on this day. He’s already off to a great start.

Sarah Rosenthal urn being affixed to the base. July 2017.

Update on Projects at the Albany Hebrew Cemetery (aka Waverly Jewish Cemetery)

Donations to the Burial Society allowed us to purchase a kiosk for the Albany Hebrew Cemetery. This kiosk will display information about the Masons, the Burial Society, and how to get involved. We hope to include a map of the cemetery and information about the website,, which people can use to look up information about the pioneer families buried in this cemetery. In addition, there will be information about cleaning headstones and safety precautions for the cemetery.

On October 9, the first stage of Nathan Vega’s Eagle Scout project to put up the kiosk became a reality, when he and 8 volunteers erected the kiosk posts. This took the entire day, and much physical labor, as well as use of problelm-solving skills.  Nathan organized and participated in digging out the site, filling it with a gravel pad layer, digging post holes, erecting and bracing the posts, and lastly pouring concrete for stabilization.  The work was complicated when they discovered the site was directly over a burn pile, and the water supply at cemetery was not accessible.   Fortunately, the project manager (Nathan) had a we-can-do attitude, and found solutions to the challenges that arose.

Plans are for Nathan and his team to complete the kiosk and landscaping around it on October 23.

We’d like to send a big “THANK YOU!” to Nathan, for his time and energy to plan the kiosk project and turn it into a reality!

Joni and Amy

Note: This kiosk project is part of the ongoing cemetery restoration project at the Albany Hebrew Cemetery which is supported by the Willamette Jewish Community Burial Society and by a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

kiosk1 kiosk2

Cleaning Days!

Calling for all hands on deck!

We need your help to restore a National Historic site in Albany

WHEN:   Sundays, September 11 & 25 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
WHERE: Albany Hebrew Cemetery, aka Waverly Jewish Cemetery
  3165 SE Salem Ave, Albany, Oregon
Listed on the National Historic Register as the only Jewish cemetery between Portland and Eugene  when it was established in1877.
WHAT:    Headstone cleaning days, held in conjunction with an Oregon State Grant, the funds of which will be used to pay for restoration of monuments in the cemetery that need professional attention.

Come for any amount of time! Your volunteer hours will count towards our receiving the needed funding. Cleaning supplies and experienced guidance for care of the stones will be provided. Children must be accompanied by adults at all times. Suggested items to bring: work gloves or latex gloves, water bottle, snacks/lunch, kneeling pad or folding chair.

Before Cleaning          After Cleaning

before      after

Amy Buccola,
Joni Plotkin, (541) 740-0121

Sponsored by the Willamette Valley Jewish Community Burial Society
This cemetery restoration project is supported in part by a grant from the
Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.