Western Wall replica to be built in Jewish cemetery in Poland

WARSAW (JTA) — A wall modeled on the Western Wall in Jerusalem will stand at the site of the Jewish cemetery in Bilgoraj, in south-eastern Poland.

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The wall, which is being funded by the Isaac Bashevis Singer Association of Bilgoraj, will display the names of Jews who lived in the town.

One name that will be included on the wall is Shmuel Ben-Artzi, father-in-law of Benjamin Netanyahu. Ben-Artzi was born in Bilgoraj in 1914. He later studied in the town’s cheder and then at yeshiva in Miedzyrzec, Ukraine. He left Poland in the 1930s. He was a writer, poet, educator, who devoted several of his poems to Bilgoraj. He died in 2011.

The cost of the wall is about $15,000.
 

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