'Sickening' graves attack sparks outrage

By Daniel Sugarman and Lianne Kolirin, September 1, 2016

Thugs who desecrated a Jewish cemetery may have been attempting to gain access to the graves, it has been claimed.

A gang of around eight youths were seen smashing headstones with hammers in Belfast.

During the attack, last Friday, they also smashed concrete slabs covering the graves, in an apparent effort to gain access to the tombs.


Burial board says it cannot afford transfer request

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2016

Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society has rejected a request from an out-of-town member to transfer his burial dues, claiming that it cannot afford to do so.

David Sakol, 78, who has paid subscriptions to the society for 60 years, asked if his burial rights could be transferred to the United Synagogue in London, where he has lived for seven years.

But GHBS chair Alan Shenkin said its policy of not a


The pride of Penzance

May 27, 2016

Following a £24,000 restoration, the historic Penzance Jewish Cemetery was rededicated at a ceremony attended by more than 60 people.

The Grade II listed cemetery, owned by the Board of Deputies, was established in the 1740s and is thought to be the best preserved of its type in the country.


Planning victory for Federation on headstones

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

The Federation of Synagogues has won the right to erect upright headstones in its new Edgware cemetery despite council officers' objections that they would detract from the location's green belt character.

Overriding their officials' recommendations, Barnet Council's planning committee last week voted in favour of the synagogue body.

"We are delighed at the outcome," said Federation presiden


Campaigner warns that Alderney drilling could disturb graves

By Naomi Firsht, March 10, 2016

A heritage group has raised concerns over a project to install high-power electricity cables on the Channel Island of Alderney, fearing it could disturb Holocaust graves.


Burial society sued over cash-for-tomb request

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2016

A London financier's grave in a continental cemetery has remained unadorned for four years because the local burial society is demanding 100,000 euros for a tombstone, his representatives say.

The family and executors of the estate of the late Albert Fuss, who died in 2012, aged 76, have asked the Belgian courts to intervene in order to put up a commemorative stone.


Local branch cuts will make driving easier for Cohanim

By Simon Rocker, February 11, 2016

Most of us would not think twice about driving down Hoop Lane, the road linking Golders Green to Hampstead Garden Suburb.

But for a select group, it has been a religious hazard best avoided. Conscientious Cohanim have given it a wide berth because of the dangers of ritual impurity from the adjacent Jewish cemetery.


Burial fees waiver attracts US recruits

By Josh Jackman, January 7, 2016

The United Synagogue will collectively waive thousands of pounds of burial fund entry fees for those new to the US who join its second Edgware congregation, the establishment of which has caused disquiet among the membership of the nearby Yeshurun Federation shul.

US president Stephen Pack says that, as with every new community, Ahavas Yisrael will allow those not previously with a US congregat


Historic cemetery to get £2m heritage facelift

November 5, 2015

A £2 million plan to restore the United Synagogue's historic Willesden cemetery, where many of the community's most illustrious figures are buried, has received an initial £321,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The scheme incorporates a new visitor centre, a permanent exhibition and online education project and is one of a number of heritage programmes the US is looking to develop ove