Jewish Journal


November 12, 2009

No proof of grave desecration at Jewish cemetery



Mountain out of a mortuary?

Eden Memorial Park, which a few months ago was accused of desecrating 500 graves at the Jewish cemetery, is reportedly clean:

State regulators have found no evidence of grave desecrations at Eden Memorial Park as alleged in a class-action lawsuit against one of the nation’s largest Jewish cemeteries, officials said.

An investigation by the state Cemetery and Funeral Bureau has uncovered no evidence the Mission Hills cemetery disturbed up to 1,500 graves to make room for new remains, as alleged by plaintiff’s attorneys.

“We’ve never seen any evidence of stuff like this happening,” said Russ Heimerich, spokesman for the Department of Consumer Affairs, which oversees the bureau. “As a regulator, we have not received any complaints.

“Over the years we’ve inspected this place, the kind of things that are being alleged are not the kind of things that you can hide - excavated remains.

Read more here from my former Daily News colleague Dana Bartholomew here.

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