Chabad serving Drexel University organized and chaperoned a group of student on an Alternative Spring Break to Italy. Their first stop was in Rome where Chabad Piazza Bologna organized and coordinated for them to clean up the Jewish section of the historical Verano cemetery.
Thanks to the permits from the Jewish Community of Rome, the collaboration from the companies responsible of the cleaning of the cemetery: Ama and Multiservizi coordinated by Mrs. Carmela Mele of the Security department and the help of Mr. Vittorio Pavoncello, a local Roman jew, the students cleaned up a portion of the cemetery.
The students swept off the dirt from the graves and cut off bushes and trees, discovering many damaged graves. Thanks to Mr. Pavoncello, the workers also uncovered the monumental plaque, covered with ivy, at the entrance of the cemetery.