The youngest victim of Sandy Hook: Jewish Noah Pozner, 6

By Anna Sheinman, December 17, 2012

The youngest of the 20 children killed in the worst school shooting in US history in Connecticut on Friday was Noah Pozner.

Noah, a pupil at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was shot 11 times. His twin sister also attends the school but survived the attack in which 26 died.


Trust defends price hike for stone-settings

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 3, 2012

Manchester families are facing a £300 increase in the cost of stone-settings, bringing the price close to £2,000.

The rise is at the behest of the North Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Trust, which insists that the additional income is vital to maintaining local cemeteries.


Arafat: digging up the past hurts the middle east future

By Uri Dromi, November 30, 2012

It was Mark Twain who said of Jane Austen: “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” Palestinians, on the other hand, are now digging up Yasir Arafat for different reasons — they want to find out if he was poisoned.


Adath burial society refuses to reveal grave of premature baby

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2012

A mother whose premature baby died at three days old has called on the strictly Orthodox Adath Burial Society to reveal where he is buried.

Last week was the sixth anniversary of his death and the woman, an Adath member in north London, hoped that she would finally be able to mark the date by visiting her son's grave.


Behaving decently

October 25, 2012

Last year we revealed the terrible story of parents who had been unable to mourn properly for their babies. The United Synagogue had refused to allow them to know where the bodies were buried. To its credit, the current US leadership immediately disowned the organisation's earlier behaviour and did everything possible to help those who had been denied the information.


Waltham Abbey mourners criticise Burial Society

By Cathy Forman, October 25, 2012

A bereaved family has criticised the United Synagogue Burial Society over the absence of buggies to ferry elderly mourners to gravesides at Waltham Abbey cemetery on Sunday.


New Zealand graves desecrated with Nazi symbols

By Anna Sheinman, October 19, 2012

More than 20 graves in Auckland, New Zealand, were desecrated with antisemitic and anti-Israel graffiti on Thursday night.


Art installation brings new life to Victorian cemetery

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2012

The “Jewish forefathers of Liverpool” have been remembered this week as part of an installation put up in a disused Victorian cemetery by a local Jewish artist.

It was last October that Robyn Woolston first displayed Shadow / Light /Reprise in Deane Road Cemetery, an Orthodox burial ground last used more than 80 years ago.


Woodland site holds first burial

By Simon Rocker, June 21, 2012

The only designated woodland Jewish burial site has held its first funeral.

Andrea Shall, 55, a mother-of-three from Bromley Reform Synagogue, was buried on Sunday at the new facility at Cheshunt cemetery in Hertfordshire.

Jewish Joint Burial Society chairman Mike Frankl said Mrs Shall “loved nature and used to go for walks in Bluebell Woods [in Kent] in summer”.


Fed denies burial complaint

By Robyn Rosen, April 14, 2011

The Federation of Synagogues has denied accusations that its burial society tried to "take advantage" of the family of an Ilford Federation member who died on Shabbat.

Malcolm Bennett from Clayhall complained after allegedly being asked for more than £2,000 to bury his father, Alfred, who died, aged 82, at Springfield Care Home in Ilford on April 2.