August 2, 2015 |
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.
July 25, 2015 |
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.
July 15, 2014 |
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.
June 13, 2014 |
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.
May 30, 2014 |
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.
May 18, 2014 |
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.
July 12, 2013 |
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.
January 4, 2013 |
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.
June 18, 2012
It's called "The Whore of Akron," and it's not about one man's search for the soul of LeBron James, even though that's what it says in the little gold balloon on the cover of Scott Raab's venomous book. That would seem to mark Raab as a narcissistic fraud, which is just one of the many bitter ways he describes James, the best player in the NBA. It is the ultimate hater book, written with a can of white spray paint on an El overpass. The same folks who gush about graffiti exhibits in museums have gone gaga over the book, comparing Raab's purple prose to the gonzo style of Hunter Thompson.
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.