Seizing the Opportunity 

Recognizing the maintenance of the cemetery as a community responsibility, a group of dedicated individuals representing several congregations joined together in December 2003 to form the Friends of Sheffield Cemetery and create a new restricted fund at the Jewish Community Foundation, the Friends of Sheffield Cemetery Fund. 

The mission of Friends of Sheffield was to raise funds and recommend disbursements for the restoration, beautification and maintenance of the cemetery. The fund is governed by a seven-member executive committee and committee at large.  

The Friends of Sheffield Committee oversaw the improvements funded by Friends of Sheffield, including competitive bidding for services, selection of contractors and evaluation of contractor performance. BIAV continues to be responsible for the execution of projects that result from these efforts.  

Further Description and Clarification of the Funds:

Friends of Sheffield was a community effort to maintain and beautify the grounds that were restored.  The chapel was completely renovated by Friends of Sheffield in 2015.  It is their responsibility to keep the grounds and chapel in pristine condition.  It costs Friends of Sheffield approximately $45,000 annually for this upkeep.  A Friends of Sheffield Maintenance Fund is necessary for future generations and all donations are welcome and necessary. It is overseen by Friends of Sheffield and The Jewish Community Foundation.

The Sheffield Fund from BIAV is responsible for all utilities (gas, lights, water), insurance, caretaker’s salary and his insurance.  It also funds equipment for small jobs for the cemetery.

Friends of Sheffield has no control nor input on the use of the BIAV Maintenance Fund.

Rickie Haith, Chair, Jewish Community Foundation – Friends of Sheffield Executive Committee and Committee at Large
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