Local Boy Does Good

Several months ago I wrote about a cemetery desecration in New Brunswick, New Jersey. You might think, well, at least no one was hurt. People were hurt. Can you imagine if everyone you had known growing up was buried in one small cemetery, and a bunch of thoughtless teenagers came in and kicked over the […]

Cemetery Vandalism ‘not bias’ & civil suit

From the Jewish State (local Central New Jersey newspaper): According to a statement issued by Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan’s office the teens’ “alcohol-fueled vandalism” came from teenage boredom, not anti-Semitism. Kaplan said this means while the teens will still face vandalism charges in Family Court, they will not be prosecuted on the more serious charge of […]

Suing over cemetery

From nj.com: Accused vandals sued over Jewish cemetery destruction A Rutherford resident whose parents’ gravestones were desecrated in a New Brunswick Jewish cemetery this month has filed a lawsuit against the four teenagers charged with causing the damage to nearly 500 headstones. Mark Elfant is a member of Congregation Poile Zedek with familial ties to […]

Learning from Cemetery Desecration

Rabbi Bassous devoted his speech this past Shabbat to learning from the cemetery vandalism in New Brunswick. I missed the speech (my daughter had other plans for me), so I apologize in advance to Rabbi Bassous if I botch my summary of what he said. My husband related to me that he spoke about two […]