cemeteries

Jewish Cemeteries Become A Burden

Cherished by tourists as sacred ground, graveyards disintegrate as European Jewish communities try to focus on the living.

04/07/2013

Every month or so, a highly emotional email lands in the inbox of Martin Kornfeld, CEO of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Slovakia.

U.S. college students restore a Belarus Jewish cemetery, 2012. Photo via JTA.org

Gentile And Other 'Unorthodox' Moms

I’m still looking for good names for gentile women raising Jewish kids. Perhaps someone like the Jewish Outreach Institute or InterfaithFamily.com should sponsor a contest, hint hint.

Hopefully they’d come up with something better than JOI Associate Executive Director Paul Golin’s (joking I hope) suggestion to me, via Facebook, that we call them MORBs: mothers of other religious backgrounds. A bit too close to “morbid” for my taste.

Digging Up More Info About Jewish Cemeteries

Hallelujah for local Jewish newspapers, and not just the venerable one that employs yours truly.

Efforts To Improve Security At Israel’s Ancient Cemetery

'People are afraid to be buried here, out of concern for their graves and their family members.'

02/23/2011
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Every time Menachem and Avraham Lubinsky, from Brooklyn, visit their parents’ graves at the Mount of Olives (Har Hazeitim) cemetery in east Jerusalem, they feel it necessary to request an armed escort.

“I’ve been going to the cemetery for 25 years and I still feel fearful,” Menachem Lubinsky, a businessman, said in a telephone interview from New York. “One time kids threw rocks at me.

Arab homes have been built right next to — occasionally within — 3,000-year-old Mount of Olives cemetery. Photo: Michele Chabin
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