Jewish Journal

Beth Olam Cemetery

by Shlomit Levy

Posted on Nov. 20, 1997 at 7:00 pm

Beth Olam Cemetery in Hollywood, one of the most venerable and historical Jewish cemeteries in Southern California, is in danger of being abandoned and padlocked.

Beth Olam is the Jewish section of Hollywood Memorial Park at Santa Monica Blvd. and Gower St. It is in bankruptcy and repeated attempts to find a new owner have so far failed, according to David Isenberg, attorney for the bankruptcy trustees.

A motion by the trustees to abandon the property will be heard at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 10, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courtroom, 1345, located on the 13th floor of the Roybal Federal Building, 255 E. Temple St. in downtown Los Angeles.

Anyone wishing to speak at the Dec. 10 hearing must file written comments with the court no later than Nov. 28. A copy of the trustees' motion is available to the public in the office of the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court, located at 300 N. Los Angeles St., first floor, in downtown Los Angeles.

City Council member Jackie Goldberg is among those trying to save the cemetery. For information, call her field office at (213) 913-4693. -- Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

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