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  • Jewish Heritage Europe launches monthly newsletter

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    June 17, 2014 | 10:17 am

    (This post also appears in my Jewish Heritage Travel blog)

    Jewish Heritage Europe -- the web site that I coordinate -- has just launched a monthly newsletter! The first edition came this week and contains a description of the web site's features as well as highlights from our...

  • 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...

  • The Holy Society -by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    March 9, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    “Hyim we will need your help tonight with a tahara,” said my father.

    “But I have never done one,” I replied.

    “There are only two of us available, and I hear the man was heavy, bloated, so we will need you.”

    A tahara (literally “purification”) is the Jewish process of...

  • Shouldering the burden of forgotten cemeteries

    September 20, 2010 | 3:11 pm

    The old Jewish cemetery in Eufaula, Ala., hasn’t been used in years.

    “The monuments are just crumbling,” said Sara Hamm.

    She and her family are the last Jews living in this once-booming cotton and railway town on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

    The Jewish cemetery’s...

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  • Beth Olam Cemetery

    By Shlomit Levy

    November 20, 1997 | 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...