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


Lithuania to co-operate over Vilna Gaon grave site

By Simon Rocker, May 1, 2015

Lithuania is to erect a monument to mark the site of a historic Jewish cemetery that was once the resting place of the Vilna Gaon.

Representatives of the London-based Committee of the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries recently met Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius to discuss the future of the old Shnipishok cemetery.


Vandals scatter body parts

March 26, 2015

A Jewish cemetery in the north-eastern Hungarian city of Gyongyos has been vandalised and human remains from the graves scattered in the area.

The leader of the local Jewish community, Peter Weisz, said that the attack was "unprecedented".

He told reporters that around 20 graves had been vandalised.

The office of Prime Minister Viktor Orban condemned the "barbaric deed" and pledged to ren


Belarus mayor promises to protect cemetery

By Shyam Kumar, December 2, 2014

The mayor of a Belarusian city has promised to protect a Jewish cemetery that has been partly dug up by developers, with hundreds of tombstones recently discovered piled up near the construction site.


Family baffled by mysterious changes to 70-year-old graves

By Josh Jackman, November 27, 2014

Two gravestones have been mysteriously altered - and no one knows how or why.

Relatives were shocked to find that headstones at the graves of Joseph and Mary Morris, who have been buried side-by-side in Edmonton Federation Cemetery for 70 years, had been altered and given different wording.

David Harris, a great-grandchild, made the discovery when he visited a week ago.

Mr Harris said: "T


Federation to open cemetery in NW London

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

The Federation of Synagogues has achieved a long-standing aim by purchasing land to open a cemetery in north-west London.

An 11-acre site has been acquired in Edgwarebury Lane, south of existing Jewish cemeteries serving other communities.

Federation president Andrew Cohen said it was "right in the middle of where we want to be in a major catchment area.


How headstones from Jewish graves rebuilt a post-war European city

By Shyam Kumar, November 6, 2014

After the Second World War, many European municipalities allowed all traces of their cities' Jewish past to fade into obscurity, with not even a memorial to commemorate the vanished communities.

The Communist authorities in Brest, Belarus, however, went one step further: they used Jewish gravestones as building materials to reconstruct the city.


Vandals banned from cemeteries

By JC Reporter, September 18, 2014

A 13-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to vandalising Blackley Jewish Cemetery in Manchester was given a nine-month restraining order preventing him from visiting any cemetery in the city.

He will be electronically tagged for three months.


Boys admit vandalism at Jewish cemetery in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2014

Two 13-year-old boys have admitted vandalising headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

The boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage at Manchester and Salford youth court today, with both telling the magistrate: "I did it".

In June dozens of headstones were found smashed at Blackley cemetery in north Manchester.