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April 20, 2014 / 20 Nisan, 5774
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LA Jewish Cemetery Settles Class-Action Suit for $80.5 Million

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

A Los Angeles Jewish cemetery accused of dumping remains to make room for new interments has settled a 25,000-person class action lawsuit.

Eden Memorial Park in Missions Hills, Calif., agreed to a settlement worth about $80.5 million, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal reported, citing documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Feb. 27.

The lawsuit was filed in 2009. It claimed that Eden Memorial Park, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the United States, instructed groundskeepers to “secretly break concrete vaults with a backhoe and remove, dump and/or discard the human remains, including human skulls, to make room for new interments.” The alleged incidents began as early as 1985.

About 40,000 people are buried in the 72-acre cemetery.

The settlement will be finalized in mid-May. The case went to trial last month in the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse.

Eden Memorial Park is owned and operated by SCI California, a subsidiary of Texas-based Service Corporation International (SCI), the largest operator of cemeteries and funeral services in the United States.

Polish Photographer Uses Jewish Cemetery for Naked Photo Shoot

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Polish photographer Lukasz Szczygielski has apologized for conducting a photo shoot with a half-naked model at the Jewish cemetery in the southern Polish town of Checiny.

Szczygielski explained that he actually wanted to draw attention to what he said was a “neglected” and forgotten cemetery. The Jewish cemetery in Checiny was opened in the 17th century. There are approximately 150 tombstones in the cemetery.

The model posed against the headstones naked from the waist up, with a necklace bearing a large cross hanging between her breasts.

“This is not the appropriate form of drawing attention to Jewish cemeteries. I would prefer that this man rather clean up the cemetery rather than doing naked session there,” Krzysztof Bielawski of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews told local television station TVP Kielce.

“If it offended anyone I deeply apologize. This was not the intention of the session,” Szczygielski told the TV station.

Turkey Discovers Old Jewish Cemetery during Construction

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Gravestones and bones from an 18th century Turkish Jewish cemetery 20 feet underground were unearthed during construction on an underground tunnel in the city of Izmi, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Wednesday.

The gravestones were left in the ground and the bones were delivered to representatives of Izmir’s Jewish community, who will rebury them in the Altındağ Jewish Cemetery, which remains open to Jewish burials, Izmir Jewish community chairman Jak Kaya told the newspaper.

The cemetery disturbed by the construction work served the Jewish community during the 19th century.

Izmir was home to about 40,000 Jews in 1868, making it the third largest Jewish community in the Ottoman Empire, after Salonika and Istanbul. but there are now only about 2,400 Jews in Izmir, according to the DiasporaMuseum in Tel Aviv, now known as Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People.

Warsaw to Transfer Ancient Jewish Cemetery to Jewish Community

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

The city of Warsaw agreed to hand over ownership of an ancient cemetery to Poland’s Jewish community.

The Brodno Cemetery, on the eastern banks of the Vistula River, will be handed over to the Jewish community in the coming weeks and undergo a major restoration operation this year, according to a report last week on the Gazeta website.

The 13-acre cemetery, which was established in 1780, came into the possession of the Polish state after its partial destruction by the Nazi occupying forces in the 1940s. It was designated to become a park, but  a part was preserved and restored by the Nissenbaum Family Foundation.

The cemetery saw its last burial in the 1940s, according to the Gazeta report.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/warsaw-to-transfer-ancient-jewish-cemetery-to-jewish-community/2013/03/03/

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