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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch (left) held a press conference on April 25, following the arrest of a suspect in the Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery vandalism. 

Florissant man confesses to cemetery vandalism

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer May 2, 2018

Despite more than a year passing since the vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery, University City police had not conceded that the perpetrator or perpetrators would elude them, according to Captain Fredrick Lemons.There was a reason for that optimism....

Scott Biondo, community security director for Jewish Federation, walks through Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery last week, discussing security upgrades with a reporter, including new fencing on the cemetery perimeter (visible at left). Last February, more than 150 gravestones were toppled at the cemetery. Photo: Mike SherwinPhoto: Mike Sherwin

One year later: Chesed Shel Emeth

By Eric Berger , Staff Writer February 21, 2018

If you drive north on Hanley Road past the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery, you will notice a new 6-foot-high metal fence on your left.Or maybe you won’t notice it. When more than 150 headstones were knocked over in February 2017, there was already...

The morning of Feb. 20, people look over the toppled gravestones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City. The U. City Police say they are still investigating but have made no arrests in the case. Photo: James Griesedieck

As investigation continues, donations to boost security at 7 St. Louis Jewish cemeteries

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer May 25, 2017

By the end of June, Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City will hopefully have replaced the headstones that broke apart during the February vandalism and could not be repaired, according to the cemetery director. Among the 154 headstones that...

Philip Weiss, president of Rosenbloom Monument Co. (center) works to reset headstones at Chesed Shel Emeth on Feb. 21.  Photo: James Griesedieck

Teenagers weigh in on Jewish cemetery vandalism

BY GABE FLEISHER, FRESHMAN, JOHN BURROUGHS HIGH SCHOOL April 13, 2017

When more than 150 tombstones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City were overturned in February, news of the desecration reached around the globe. The cemetery was featured prominently in national and international newspapers and broadcasts...

Letters to the Editor: March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017

Statement from cemetery directors We, the directors of the Jewish cemeteries of St. Louis, jointly condemn the recent acts of vandalism at cemeteries here in St. Louis and throughout the United States. We hope the perpetrators are found and brought to...

Letters to the Editor: March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017

City residents should vote yes for Prop. SFollowing a recommendation from the Ferguson Report, Jews United for Justice (JUJ) established an Opportunity to Thrive Task Force. The task force chose reduction of predatory lending as its first target. As...

Eric Mink photo of the headstone on the grave of his great-grandmother, Sarah Serkin. 

The emotional toll of fallen headstones

BY ERIC MINK March 1, 2017

I think it was the violence that got to me, the sudden consciousness that a rampage of deliberate violence had taken place sometime in the past three days on the ground where I now walked. It had left its mark in plain sight.I actually staggered − just...

Volunteers rake leaves and remove debris at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery during a cleanup event Feb. 22 which drew more than 2,500 people hoping to help after 154 headstones were overturned at the cemetery. Photos: James Griesedieck

After donations pour in to aid cemetery, groups work on what’s next

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer March 1, 2017

Tarek El-Messidi, a Muslim activist, unfortunately did not have to wait long to use extra money from a fundraiser to help with repairs at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City. Less than a week after cemetery staff discovered that 154 headstones...

Philip Weiss, president of Rosenbloom Monument Co. (center) works to reset headstones at Chesed Shel Emeth on Feb. 21.  Photo: James Griesedieck

Monumental generosity and big questions in wake of vandalism

Ellen Futterman, Editor March 1, 2017

As Philip Weiss, president of Rosenbloom Monument Company, and his crew worked last Wednesday (Feb. 22) to reset most of the 154 headstones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery that had been toppled, he and I got to talking. Weiss said it would take five guys...

Muslim American Rashidah Rafat came to help with the cleanup. The only way mankind can move forward is through peace, harmony and love, she said.  Photo: Ellen Futterman

Interfaith donations, support pour in after cemetery vandalism

By Eric Berger, Staff writer March 1, 2017

After Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced that he would lead a cleanup last week of the vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, he heard from an unexpected volunteer: Vice President Mike Pence.“The vice president said, ‘I am so inspired by what...

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