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.