Project Overview

Restoring Honor to Their Resting Place

The Friends of Sheffield Cemetery have embarked on an ambitious campaign to raise $1.25 million in support of a three-pronged strategy effort to restore, beautify and maintain Sheffield Cemetery in a manner in keeping with Jewish ethics, pride and the shared sense of community we cherish in Kansas City.

Restoration($250,000) Beautification($500,000) Maintenance($500,000)
Restore and maintain lawn.Restore front gates.Install hand railings. Renovate historic chapel and extension (to include office, storage, and caretaker apartment.) Build endowment to ensure perpetual maintenance of the improvements funded by the Restoring Honor campaign.
Prune leaves and remove debris. Create meditation area.
Install portable irrigation system. Repair monument to Jewish Soldiers of World War II.
Repair concrete walkways, coping and driveway. Install benches.
Rebuild stone wall surrounding the cemetery.
Remove dirt and concrete waste.Align headstones.

Friends of Sheffield are a group of civic minded men and women interested in preserving Sheffield Cemetery. It is an important Kansas City Landmark. Our loved ones buried at Sheffield Cemetery deserve their burial sites to be maintained pristine and well manicured. We realize we wouldn’t be here today without their sacrifice and love. The cemetery was founded in 1901 and is one of the oldest Jewish Cemeteries in Kansas City. We are a not for profit organization 501 (c) (3) with a special restricted cemetery fund established at the Jewish Community Foundation.

Since the fall of 2006, we successfully raised almost $900,000 for restoration, beautification and renovation of the Sheffield Cemetery grounds. To date, we have engaged a professional lawn company, put in a new updated irrigation system, trimmed trees, removed debris and cleared the grounds for additional burial sites. The grounds have been beautified with landscaping and the restoration of the World War II Memorial located on the grounds commemorating our fallen soldiers.  We repaired most of the broken cement walks and stairs; aligned and restored many gravestones.

We restored the two front gates to their original luster. Additional hand railings were installed to make the cemetery more accessible.

We are making much progress but still need an additional $100,000 in pledges to renovate the historic Chapel.  There is no place to go in inclement weather, for services or visitation. With the chapel completed we will be able replace more broken cement and the driveway.

The burial sites are representative of all the Congregations and many prominent members of the Kansas City Jewish Community, including our beloved family and friends. Our “Restoring Honor Campaign” is in keeping with one of the highest values in the Jewish tradition, Kavod Ha’Met, honoring the deceased.

Overview of our 3-pronged approach of completed projects.

RESTORATION ($250,000)

  1. Restore and maintain lawn (completed)
  2. Prune trees and remove debris (completed)
  3. Install portable irrigation system (completed)
  4. Repair concrete walkways, coping and driveway (more than half completed, waiting to restore the chapel before the driveway and curbing can be repaired.
  5. Gates restored and new hand railings installed (completed)
  6. Repair stone wall surrounding the cemetery
  7. Remove dirt and concrete waste (completed)
  8. Align headstones (completed)

BEAUTIFICATION ($500,000) (Still need $100,000)

  1. Renovate historic Chapel and Extension (to include office, storage and caretaker apartment)
  2. Create Meditation Area
  3. Repair monument to Jewish soldiers of World War II (completed)
  4. Install benches

MAINTENANCE ($500,000)

  1. Build endowment to ensure perpetual maintenance of the improvements funded by the Friends of Sheffield (completed)