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March 22, 1990 | By Denise-Marie Santiago, Inquirer Staff Writer
Family lore has it that when Matthew Garfield's elderly cousins were children, their parents regularly would travel with them from Wynnefield via train and horse and buggy to visit their relatives' graves at Har Hazaism Cemetery in Gladwyne, Montgomery County. Garfield has become concerned, however, because he has learned that the Jewish cemetery is being sold and that the graves of his ancestors will be dug up and their remains reburied at another site. Along with his two daughters, Garfield recently drove from his Bala Cynwyd home to the cemetery, waded through vines and thorny brambles, stepped around toppled tombstones and searched two hours for his family history.
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March 5, 1989 | By Richard V. Sabatini, Inquirer Staff Writer
It will take a year and cost an estimated $40,000 to correct recent damage done by vandals at a Jewish cemetery in Wissinoming, the cemetery's superintendent said Wednesday. "We are still attempting to contact relatives," said superintendent Joseph Kerrigan, who discovered the damage Feb. 20 at the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Frankford and Cheltenham Avenues. He said the vandalism had occurred over that weekend in the older part of the cemetery, where some of the stones date to the early 1900s.
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May 13, 1990 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
The Assemblies of God has won zoning approval to start a church in Lower Moreland, despite the concerns of some residents who question whether it belongs next to a Jewish cemetery. The Camp Hill-based Pennsylvania/Delaware District Council of the Assemblies of God wants to open a church in two vacant office buildings on Byberry Road. After a hearing Wednesday, the three-member Township Zoning Board unanimously approved a special exception to allow the church to use the residentially zoned property for worship.
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November 16, 1995 | By Kyle York Spencer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Over the years, unruly trees and weeds have grown among the graves at the 100-year-old Jewish cemetery in Gladwyne. Now, a growing controversy over whether the hallowed ground should be torn up and sold for development has tangled some local relationships. Plans to develop the seven acres of wooded land off Route 23 near Beth David Congregation, where 1,200 people are buried, have upset residents and community leaders. At a hearing yesterday, Montgomery County Orphans Court Judge Stanley R. Ott heard arguments from three lawyers, two Gladwyne residents and a Lower Merion commissioner.
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July 15, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
THE LIMOUSINE was waiting outside on the morning of the funeral. But someone from Shalom Memorial Park was on the phone, telling Susan Helfand that the problem with her mother's burial plot had not been resolved. Edith W. Taylor, who died Oct. 23, 2010, was supposed to be buried between her husband and son at the Huntingdon Valley cemetery, just over the Northeast Philadelphia border. The family had prepaid for the plot. On the night before the funeral, Shalom told Helfand that there was no room, she said.
NEWS
January 24, 1991 | By S. E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
The regional Assemblies of God council is dropping a controversial proposal to locate a church next to a Jewish cemetery in Lower Moreland. The Camp Hill-based Pennsylvania/Delaware District Council of the Assemblies of God this month withdrew its plan to put the church at 101 Byberry Rd. and is reviewing new sites in the area, according to Pastor Gregory Cox of the church's Christian Life Center in Upper Southampton. The pastor, who ministers to 200 people who would attend the new church, said the Byberry Road property was too small and the battle to situate a church there was "going to be a long and difficult one. " He said the building would have to be razed and a new church built on the 7.5-acre site to accommodate a growing congregation.
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July 12, 2013 | By George Jahn, Associated Press
VIENNA, Austria - It was 1943 when Vienna's Nazi overlords gave the order to destroy the city's oldest Jewish cemetery, demanding it be leveled and the tombstones attesting to centuries of Jewish existence be destroyed. Desperate to save their heritage, the city's shrinking Jewish community decided to act. Defying the possibility of prison, deportation, or execution, they buried the gravestones and kept them from Nazi hands. Some 70 years later, Jewish leaders in the Austrian capital say the long-lost stones have been rediscovered.
NEWS
June 30, 2011 | By Paul Jones, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since its founding in 1869, West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd has consisted only of a mixed, nondenominational burial ground. That changed Wednesday evening, when the nonprofit cemetery introduced Chesed Shel Emet, a section designated for those of the Jewish faith. The all-Jewish cemetery within 187-acre West Laurel Hill - sister to Laurel Hill Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark, in Philadelphia - officially opened with a ribbon-cutting Wednesday. Alexander L. "Pete" Hoskins, president and chief executive officer of West Laurel Hill and Laurel Hill, welcomed a small crowd of Jewish family members to the site and, with Bill Doran, superintendent of both cemeteries, led a brief tour of the new area.
NEWS
March 24, 1990 | By Wanda Motley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County judge yesterday issued a temporary stay of a December ruling allowing the disinterment of hundreds of bodies at an old Jewish cemetery in Lower Merion and the subsequent sale of the land. Common Pleas Court Judge Louis D. Stefan granted the 30-day stay after a half-hour discussion in his chambers with attorneys for the township, the owner and operator of Har Hazaism Cemetery in Gladwyne and people opposed to the removal of the remains. Representatives of the petitioners and Har Hazaism Corp.
NEWS
May 11, 1990 | From Inquirer Wire Services
France reacted in horror yesterday after the body of a Jewish man was dug up by vandals and more than 30 other graves were desecrated during an attack on a Jewish cemetery. Police said the body of an 81-year-old man, who died about 15 days ago, was dug up from a cemetery in Carpentras, near Avignon in southern France. The body was found impaled with a beach umbrella and propped on a tombstone. A Star of David ornament that had been ripped from the coffin was stuck to the man's stomach.
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August 2, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Gibson began his workday as he always does, surveying the 7,000-plus well-kept stones at the Frankford cemetery just after sunup. Something wasn't right Thursday. He knew it immediately. "I saw two stones turned over, then two more, then 10 more, then 40 more," said Gibson, Adath Jeshurun Cemetery's longtime caretaker. "When it was done, I counted 124. " Vandals struck the historic Jewish cemetery at Bridge and Walker Streets this week, upending dozens of heavy headstones that on Friday were in the process of being righted with heavy equipment.
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July 25, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
For decades, the Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery was a final resting place where peace was elusive. Years of neglect, a lingering lawsuit, and the threat of development marked the hidden graveyard just off Conshohocken State Road. But a new plan by a nearby synagogue could be a turning point in the history of a cemetery that dates to the 1890s. Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne is leading the effort to preserve and transform a tract supporters say is more than just a burial ground.
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July 15, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
THE LIMOUSINE was waiting outside on the morning of the funeral. But someone from Shalom Memorial Park was on the phone, telling Susan Helfand that the problem with her mother's burial plot had not been resolved. Edith W. Taylor, who died Oct. 23, 2010, was supposed to be buried between her husband and son at the Huntingdon Valley cemetery, just over the Northeast Philadelphia border. The family had prepaid for the plot. On the night before the funeral, Shalom told Helfand that there was no room, she said.
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June 13, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Score a big hit - and a tip of the yarmulke - for persistent sleuthing to Mary O'Connor Ward-Donegan, 87, of Ridley Park, the youngest sister of Cardinal John J. O'Connor, the dynamic former Catholic archbishop of New York. Ward-Donegan used the family-tree tracing service Ancestry.com - and her own dogged research - to unearth a fact even her now-deceased brother apparently never knew: Their mother was born Jewish. Hebraic law holds that any child born of a Jewish mother is a Jew. That means O'Connor, an influential prelate who for six years led the nation's second-largest archdiocese, could be considered one, too. "I think it might interest some people to look into their own roots.
NEWS
May 30, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
ODESSA, Ukraine - In early April, swastikas and "Death to the Jews" were painted on walls surrounding the Jewish cemetery in this legendary city on the Black Sea. The graffiti was signed "Right Sector," the name of an ultranationalist movement that took part in the February revolt that ousted the pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. The Kremlin claims that Ukraine's rebels - who want the country to turn toward Europe rather than Russia - are riddled with anti-Semites and neofascists.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gravestone dealer Yakov Natanzon went to Shalom Memorial Park, a Jewish cemetery in Northeast Philadelphia, in April to place a stone on the grave of Emil Khrizman. But Natanzon found the spot for Khrizman's marker occupied by flowers and a photograph of Ella Kukava, according to a lawsuit, filed Monday in Common Pleas Court, alleging that Shalom Memorial's managers have a policy of selling more burial plots than the cemetery can hold. Because of this "overselling" of plots, individual graves "touch, nearly touch, or actually overlap with each other," according to the lawsuit, filed by DeNittis Osefchen P.C. and Bochetto & Lentz P.C., and seeking class-action status.
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July 12, 2013 | By George Jahn, Associated Press
VIENNA, Austria - It was 1943 when Vienna's Nazi overlords gave the order to destroy the city's oldest Jewish cemetery, demanding it be leveled and the tombstones attesting to centuries of Jewish existence be destroyed. Desperate to save their heritage, the city's shrinking Jewish community decided to act. Defying the possibility of prison, deportation, or execution, they buried the gravestones and kept them from Nazi hands. Some 70 years later, Jewish leaders in the Austrian capital say the long-lost stones have been rediscovered.
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January 4, 2013 | By Aron Heller, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - A trove of ancient manuscripts in Hebrew characters rescued from caves in a Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan is providing the first physical evidence of a Jewish community that thrived there a thousand years ago. On Thursday, Israel's National Library unveiled the cache of recently purchased documents that run the gamut of life experiences, including biblical commentaries, personal letters, and financial records. Researchers say the "Afghan Genizah" marks the greatest such archive found since the "Cairo Genizah" was discovered in an Egyptian synagogue more than 100 years ago, a vast depository of medieval manuscripts considered to be among the most valuable collections of historical documents ever found.
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June 18, 2012
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NEWS
December 2, 2011
Al-Qaeda says it holds American ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility Thursday for the kidnapping of a 70-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan in August, and issued a series of demands for his release. In a video message posted on extremist websites, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said Warren Weinstein would be released if the United States stopped air strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. He also demanded the release of all al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects around the world.
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