Abeles, Ashkenazim, Holocaust, Pittsburgh, PA, Sephardim

Pittsburgh

This is exactly how I feel, and maybe even what I would say if  Amy (the author) hadn't taken the words right out of my mouth. But perhaps I feel a little less safe here than she does. I was already feeling on edge about my Jewish past before the Pittsburgh shooting. As a Christian… Continue reading Pittsburgh

Davies/Davis, Holocaust, Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, Plain City, Utah Cemetery, Skeen

A Tale of Two Cemeteries

Too many years ago I wrote an essay. I wasn't really doing it just for fun, but I can honestly say it was the most rewarding essay I've ever written (for school, that is). That essay, titled Untold Stories, won second place in a department contest and put me on a journey of discovery that… Continue reading A Tale of Two Cemeteries

Ashkenazim, cemeteries, Holocaust, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria

Dead Nations Rising One Citizen at a Time

This year's cemetery month begins with graveyard poetry. For today's post, I begin with the end: the final stanza of The Jewish Cemetery at Newport by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem was first published 160 years ago, in 1858, and contemplated an abandoned Jewish graveyard established nearly 200 years previously in 1677. Among Longfellow's contemplation, he… Continue reading Dead Nations Rising One Citizen at a Time