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.


Desecration of graves in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 26, 2014

A double attack on a Jewish cemetery in Manchester has been condemned by police as "sickening" and "the work of cruel racists".

North Manchester's Blackley cemetery was targeted twice in two weeks, causing an estimated £100,000 worth of damage to dozens of graves, including seven belonging to one family.


Teacher’s tribute to Great War fallen heroes

By Charlotte Oliver, April 25, 2014

A Jewish woman has completed a personal mission to record the last resting places of almost 3,000 Jewish soldiers who died in battle during the First World War.

Ruth Morris, an English teacher from Leeds, has spent the past two years painstakingly cross-referencing the names of fallen heroes listed in the British Jewry Book of Honour with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


CPS reviews Peak District tomb row decision

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2014

The Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing its decision not to prosecute a man who bulldozed a historic Jewish burial ground.

Landowner Anthony Bevis flattened 100-year-old tombs in woodland in the Peak District, near Sheffield.


Callous thief tries to steal Freud’s ashes

By Rosa Doherty, January 15, 2014

Police did not have to order a psychologist’s report to know the mindset of the thief who attempted to steal the urn containing the ashes of Sigmund Freud and his wife.

“Callous and despicable” was the assessment of the burglar who broke into the crematorium in Hoop Lane Golders Green, on New Year’s eve, and removed the urn from the chapel where it was on display.


Pleas to restore historic cemetery in Penzance

By pat lidiker, December 16, 2013

The 250-year-old Penzance Jewish Cemetery is in need of £20,000 for a restoration project.

Leslie Lipert, treasurer of Cornwall’s Kehillat Kernow is spearheading a campaign to raise awareness of this “fine example” of a Georgian Jewish cemetery.