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The Forward: “Big For-Profit Cemetery Owner Settling Suits with Jews Who Say It Dug Up Their Loved Ones’ Bones”

Not long ago, Jean Bergman, an 88-year-old retired manicurist, received a check for $1,000. She deposited it without giving it too much thought. “I wasn’t told any of the details,” she said. The check arrived in connection with her husband’s grave at Eden Memorial Park, a Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles. The cemetery has been … Continue reading

Public Radio International: “Way more migrants are now sneaking across the US-Canada border”
ARTICLES / Canada

Public Radio International: “Way more migrants are now sneaking across the US-Canada border”

Canadian border officials are spotting a noteworthy trend: The number of people sneaking in from the United States and asking for asylum has gone way up. One popular route leads into Quebec. Families lug suitcases “over a little ditch,” as one resident described it, to avoid passport checkpoints. This past year, 1,222 people entered Quebec … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “70 years after the Holocaust, a Surinamese memorial for Caribbean victims”
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The Times of Israel: “70 years after the Holocaust, a Surinamese memorial for Caribbean victims”

More than 70 years after the end of World War II, a small South American country erected its first Holocaust memorial. Over 100 Jewish names were engraved on stone in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, in March of this year — establishing the first monument to local Holocaust victims in the Caribbean region. “Even though … Continue reading

The Forward: “Sofiya Romm’s Journey From Russia to a Barely Findable American Grave
America / ARTICLES / United States

The Forward: “Sofiya Romm’s Journey From Russia to a Barely Findable American Grave

The grave of Sofiya Romm, a doctor who immigrated to the United States from Moscow, is hard to find in Ahavath Achim Anshe Sfard, the local Jewish cemetery here. On a recent afternoon in November, only Romm’s first name was visible. The rest of the inscription was under a pile of brown autumn leaves. You … Continue reading

The Forward: “Even Gravestones Become Luxuries for Poor as Jewish Burial Groups Cut Back”
America / ARTICLES / United States

The Forward: “Even Gravestones Become Luxuries for Poor as Jewish Burial Groups Cut Back”

We often hear stories about how hard life was for Jews in Russia back in the day. Still, after they passed away, even poor Jews in the Russian Empire got to have gravestones. If you travel around Ukraine and Poland these days, you’ll stumble upon Jewish cemeteries in almost every village where Jews used to … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “Remnants of Jamaica’s Jews hold a heritage full of firsts”
ARTICLES / Jamaica

The Times of Israel: “Remnants of Jamaica’s Jews hold a heritage full of firsts”

KiNGSTON, Jamaica — “Is this the way to the Jewish church?” a Jamaican driver yells out of the window of his car. “Yes, just keep going straight,” someone replies. Soon enough we see the “Jewish church” itself, a white building beautifully outlined against the blue sky. All the doors are wide open — or maybe … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “In Jamaica, a once-in-a-lifetime reunion for Jews who weathered WWII in an island camp”
ARTICLES / Jamaica

The Times of Israel: “In Jamaica, a once-in-a-lifetime reunion for Jews who weathered WWII in an island camp”

Kingston, Jamaica — Dutch Jew Inez Schpektor was only 11 years old when she boarded a ship from fascist Spain toward an unknown destination somewhere in the Western Hemisphere. It was 1942, and along with her brother and parents, she ripped off her Star of David and walked through the woods across the border to … Continue reading