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  • Eden Cemetery trial begins

    By Jared Sichel

    February 11, 2014 | 6:02 pm

    The trial in the $90 million lawsuit against Eden Memorial Park, a Jewish cemetery, began Feb.11 at the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse downtown.

    The class action suit, filed in September 2009 by attorney Michael Avenatti of the Newport Beach law firm Eagan O’Malley & Avenatti,...

  • N.Y. Jewish cemetery allegedly ripped off again

    February 11, 2014 | 10:04 am

    The overseer of a nonprofit New York cemetery who took control after the former operators were indicted for embezzlement was charged with stealing nearly $2 million.

    Timothy Griffin, 54, an attorney who stepped in to run United Hebrew Cemetery after the Staten Island burial...

  • Damaged Torahs found in Iraq buried in N.Y.

    December 17, 2013 | 10:30 am

    Damaged Torah scrolls found by U.S. troops in Iraq’s intelligence headquarters were buried in a New York cemetery.

    The burial took place Sunday at the New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, Long Island, The Associated Press reported. More than 100 people attended the ceremony...

  • Speaking to the Dead

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 13, 2013 | 12:00 am

    Jewish tradition isn’t clear about what happens to a person after he/she dies, but it is clear we are supposed to look out for the feelings of the dead person. Part of the ritual of taharah, for instance, in which the body is ritually washed, dressed, and placed in a coffin, is an...

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  • Restoring Mount Zion Cemetery

    May 8, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    The headstone of Isabel Janken’s father, Henry Morhar, lies flat on the ground at Mount Zion Cemetery, knocked from its ledger. It’s an elegant headstone, weighing more than 1,000 pounds. A few feet below, an engraved picture showing a handsome Morhar is inscribed in capital...

  • Stars of David ripped from Jewish tombstones in Milan

    April 15, 2013 | 9:53 am

    More than a dozen tombstones at the Jewish section of Milan's main cemetery were vandalized.

    Vandals over the weekend tore off Stars of David decorating some 13 tombstones. Police in the northern Italian city are investigating.

    The Milan Jewish community spokesman said it was...

  • Candlesticks on Stone

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    August 28, 2012 | 1:51 am

    In my last post I took note of the candlesticks motif that is often used to mark the gravestones of Jewish women—it is very widespread in parts of Eastern Europe but also found elsewhere.

    I have an ongoing project about the Candlesticks motif, which I have been working on for...

  • Oxford medieval cemetery marked

    July 6, 2012 | 10:07 am

    A Jewish heritage committee in Oxford marked a medieval Jewish cemetery in the university town.

    The burial site, not in use since the 1290 expulsion of the Jews from Britain, is located in the city’s Rose Garden, and was identified by Pam Manix, a historian and a member of Oxford...

  • Cemetery chief Herbert Klapper’s salary among highest in Jewish communal world

    June 11, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Herbert Klapper, the president of a New Jersey not-for-profit cemetery, has one of the top salaries in the Jewish communal world.

    Klapper, of Cedar Park & Beth El Cemetery in Paramus, took home a base salary of $729,000 in 2009, according to tax documents, the paper reported.

    The...

  • ‘60 Minutes’ Investigates Eden Cemetery Allegations

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 21, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    In September 2009 The Jewish Journal began following a class action law suit against Service Corporation International, owner of Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills. The suit alleges that SCI broke burial vaults and mishandled human remains as it tried to cram graves together, an...

  • Jewish cemetery in Poland is vandalized

    March 19, 2012 | 10:25 am

    Polish police are investigating the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in northeastern Poland.

    Monika Krawczyk, the CEO of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, said vandals spray-painted swastikas and anti-Semitic images and slogans on graves, a Holocaust...

  • Budapest Jewish cemetery being probed for corruption

    December 6, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Police are investigating allegations of corruption relating to fees charged for interment and other funerary arrangements at Budapest’s main Jewish cemetery.

    Witnesses said police late last week conducted a search of the Jewish community’s downtown offices, including the office...

  • Kosovo Jewish cemetery desecrated

    December 1, 2011 | 4:18 pm

    Kosovo authorities are investigating the desecration Tuesday of a local Jewish cemetery. Swastikas and anti-Jewish slogans were sprayed on tombstones of this old cemetery which was restored less than six months ago.

    Rabbi Yoel Kaplan, Chief Rabbi of Albania and Chabad...

  • Atlantic City Jewish cemetery vandalized

    June 1, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Some 15 gravestones were toppled in a Jewish cemetery in Atlantic City, N.J.

    The attack on the Rodef Sholom Cemetery reportedly took place just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to the Press of Atlantic City. Police believe that more than one vandal was involved...

  • Holocaust victims reburied in Romanian Jewish cemetery

    April 6, 2011 | 10:10 am

    The remains of dozens of Jews killed by Romanian troops during the Holocaust and found in a mass grave were reburied in a Jewish cemetery.

    The unidentified remains of at least 40 Jewish victims were reburied on Monday in the Jewish cemetery of Iasi in northeastern Romania.

    The...

  • Snow dumping topples headstones in Brooklyn cemetery

    January 5, 2011 | 10:06 am

    New York City snow removal trucks dumped tons of snow from the area’s recent blizzard into the city’s largest Jewish cemetery, toppling 21 headstones.

    An iron fence around Brooklyn’s Washington Cemetery also was damaged when crews from the Sanitation Department dumped the snow into...

  • In saving Jewish remnants in Galicia, an effort to enlist Ukrainians

    December 20, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    On a sloping green hill tucked between small farmsteads, the mottled graves of Jews buried here since the 1600s rise up like a forgotten forest.

    Trudging through the mud between the tilted stones, their chiseled Hebrew lettering and renderings of menorahs sometimes barely visible,...

  • German cemeteries vandalized

    August 11, 2010 | 11:00 am

    The Germany city of Bremen will help the local Jewish community pay for repairs to the historic cemetery in Hastedt, which was damaged by unknown vandals.

    According to Jewish community vice chair Grigori Pantijelew, 12 tombstones from the 1920s and 1930s were knocked down overnight...

  • The saviour of Sarajevo barred for being a Jew

    April 23, 2010 | 11:50 am

    From TheGuardian.co.uk:

    Jakob Finci’s Jewishness was an asset in the Bosnian war – he was a neutral party who helped 3,000 people flee the country. But now his religion means he is barred from public office

    From the Jewish hillside cemetery, where Jakob Finci’s ancestors lie...

  • Israeli pilot Assaf Ramon buried next to astronaut father

    September 14, 2009 | 4:22 pm

    Israeli pilot Assaf Ramon was buried next to his father, astronaut Ilan Ramon, a day after he was killed in a training accident.

    Ramon, 20, who was made an Air Force captain posthumously, died Sunday in a crash in the Hebron Hills while flying an F-16 aircraft as part of advanced...

  • Jewish gravestones vandalized at Argentina cemetery

    September 14, 2009 | 3:17 pm

    Some 58 gravestones were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province on Friday and Saturday, local news Web site Momento 24 reported.

    Eight of the graves were the resting places of victims of the 1994 terrorist attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association Jewish Center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.

    Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

  • Obituaries

    January 7, 2009 | 7:57 pm

    Annette Beck died Dec. 14 at 78. She is survived by her daughters, Caryn (Erroll) Beck-Southers and Robin (Alex Shmelev); son, Jeff (Donna Sanders); five grandchildren; and companion, Richard Starks. Mount Sinai

    Jean Berman died Dec. 9 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Norman;...

  • Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, Arthur Spiegelman

    December 31, 2008 | 12:31 am

    Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, Outspoken Social Justice Proponent, 83

    In the midst of a Hawaii vacation and his transition to the White House, President-elect Barack Obama recently took time to honor a man dear to me and many, many others across the nation:

    "I am deeply saddened to learn...

  • Obituaries

    December 18, 2008 | 2:18 am

    Dr. David Lieber Dies

    At press time The Jewish Journal received word that Dr. David Lieber, born 1925, died Dec. 16. A rabbi and scholar, Dr. Lieber was president emeritus of the University of Judaism (now known as the American Jewish University), senior editor of the Etz Hayim...

  • Protests over Jerusalem Museum of Tolerance spread

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 10, 2008 | 11:44 pm

    For years, the Simon Wiesenthal Center faced protests and lawsuits over its plans to build a Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem. The legal challenges, which had halted construction, faded last month after Israel's Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in favor of the project. But...
  • Obituaries

    November 26, 2008 | 5:47 pm

    Irving Brecher, Radio, Stage, Screen Comedy Writer, 94

    Irving Brecher, a comedy writer whose career in radio, television and film included writing two Marx Brothers comedies and co-writing the Judy Garland musical, "Meet Me in St. Louis," has died. He was 94.

    Brecher died of...

  • Obituaries

    November 20, 2008 | 2:39 am

    Daniel Abrams died Nov. 3 at 25. He is survived by his parents, David and Marion; and brother, Aaron. Malinow and Silverman

    Morris Ackerman died Nov. 16 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Miriam; daughters, Fran (Marc) Rifkin and Rachelle (Andrew) Doherty; three grandchildren; and...

  • Obituaries

    November 13, 2008 | 12:35 am

    Gabriel Almond died Oct. 12 at 97. He is survived by his wife, Hilda; sons, Laurence and Paul; and brother, Nathan. Chevra Kadisha

    Gerald Bemel died Oct. 23 at 76. He is survived by his son, Kevin (Melanie); daughters, Melissa and Marla; and two grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

    Lee...

  • Obituaries

    October 30, 2008 | 12:46 am

    Arthur Baer died Oct. 20 at 41. He is survived by his son, Ashton; parents, Sheldon and Miriam; sister, Leni (Ralph) Ceglia; nephews, Brandon and Jordan Ceglia; niece, Frances Ceglia; and partner, Pamela Edwards. Mount Sinai

    Helene Bayer died Oct. 17 at 77. She is survived her sons,...

  • Obituaries

    October 16, 2008 | 12:41 am

    Dorothy Green, Heal the Bay founder, dies at 79

    My personal wake up call to the plight of our oceans -- and my introduction to Dorothy Green -- came 22 years ago.

    At the time, my wife and I and our baby daughter lived in Santa Monica, just two blocks from the ocean. One day, while...

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