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Alternative Group Replaces Orthodox Society at Boston Funeral Home

A new non-denominational Jewish burial society has replaced an Orthodox one at a Boston-area Jewish funeral home. Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston, which launched...

Damaged Torahs Found in Iraq Buried in New York

Damaged Torah scrolls found by U.S. troops in Iraq’s intelligence headquarters were buried in a cemetery in New York on Sunday, according to Jewish...

Radical Haredim Riot against Construction over Alleged Tombs

Radical Haredim rioted in Jerusalem and in Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, on Monday because of construction at sites that they said contain Jewish...

For These We Weep

I have been searching for the answer to this question...who did they kill...those 104 we are about to release? I know of a mother...

Hundreds of Jewish Gravestones Found in Vienna

Headstones of hundreds of Jewish graves, which were buried to hide them from the Nazis, have been unearthed in Vienna, a discovery of “high...

Oldest-Ever Graves Decorated with Flowers Found in Israel

Using flowers on graves is not such a new idea. It may even date back 12,000 years to a society that lived in Haifa Mount Carmel areas, where Elijah the Prophet lived in Biblical times.

Ed Koch’s Tombstone Bears Wrong Year of Birth

The tombstone of the late New York City Mayor Ed Koch shows his year of birth as 1942 and not 1924, due to what...

Brooklyn Woman Admits Stealing $1 Million from Jewish Cemetery

A Brooklyn woman pleaded guilty to charges that she stole $1 million from a Jewish cemetery on Staten Island. Ilana Friedman, 51, admitted to grand...

Associating with Jewish Community Keeps Grave Vandal Out of Jail

A New Zealand man who admitted to desecrating Jewish graves with anti-Semitic graffiti at a historic cemetery in Auckland avoided prison because he has...

The Jewish Cemetery in Saudi Arabia

A cemetery in an oil rich province of Saudi Arabia may be the last vestige of Jewish life there.

Jewish Cemetery South of Prague Vandalized

The Jewish cemetery south of Prague has been vandalized, with over 26 tombstones being knocked over, according to Czech police.

Hungarian Police Investigating Desecration of Holocaust Monument

A Holocaust memorial monument in the southwest of Hungary was desecrated. The perpetrators broke off several parts of the bronze monument, which stands 3 1/2...

Historic Jaffa Cemetery Comes to Life

The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Chevra Kadisha burial society will invest NIS 10 million in preserving and refurbishing a historic Jaffa cemetery established in 1840. The cemetery,...

Connecticut Jewish Woman Suing over Burial of Gentile in her Congregation’s Cemetery

The AP reports that a trial is set to begin in the case of a Connecticut Jewish woman who sued her congregation because a...

1 Dead, Several Injured in Stage Collapse at Har Herzl, Jerusalem

At least one person has been reported killed and several injured in the collapse of lighting for a stage being assembled at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem for Rememberance Day ceremonies.

Jewish Cemetery in Poland Vandalized

The AP reports that last Sunday vandals desecrated a Jewish cemetery in Wysokie Mazowieckie, eastern Poland, spraying swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on tombstones and...

My Machberes

Jews And Spain Jewish history in Spain dates back more than 2,000 years. Jewish scholarship began to flourish there beginning in the 8th century. Spanish...

The Evolving Security Scene in Eastern Jerusalem: A View from the Arab Neighborhoods

We already know what happens when the Arabs control our holy sites. The Jordanians, who should never have been awarded part of Jerusalem in the first place, did not allow access to Har Hazeisim or for that matter the Kosel despite signing the Armistice Agreement of 1948 which explicitly provided access to Jews.

Is Change Finally Coming to the Mount of Olives?

“I believe that there are still 60,000 more graves that have to be rehabilitated,” he says. If he is correct, it would mean that the Jordanians destroyed 75,000 graves, a number impossible to imagine and probably unprecedented in history, including the Nazi period.

Where Flowers Bloom Red From Jewish Blood

The place that holds the record for murders in a day – even over such ghastly places as Auschwitz and Treblinka – is Babi Yar. A ravine on the outskirts of Kiev, it is today incorporated within the urban, inhabited sector of the Ukrainian capital. The events described here took place seventy years ago, in 1941, on Rosh Hashanah.

The Portuguese-Jewish Cemetery In Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

There is something profound and soothing in the ancient Jewish practice of using the euphemism beit chaim, "house of life," to refer to a cemetery. It is as if the rabbis did not even want to coin the phrase beit mavet, "house of death," for fear of inviting the evil eye.

Paper Clips And Cemetery Stones

Small things make a difference. For example, as an old folk tale has it, a pebble in your shoe can cause more pain than a rock in your pocket.

A Visit To My Father’s Kever

I recently returned from a visit to Eretz Yisrael, where I go yearly for my father's yahrzeit. As always, my husband, and my sister and her family accompanied me. On the way to the cemetery, we were fortunate to hail a taxi driver who spoke fluent English. He had made aliyah many years before from East Flatbush, where my husband and I lived.

Po-Lin

Dynow         Cleaning works are underway on the grounds of the Jewish cemetery in Dynow. The works are being carried out by the members of...

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