Dozens Of Headstones Damaged At Philadelphia Jewish Cemetery

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cemDozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia have been broken and overturned.

The Philadelphia police say this was an act of vandalism at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery on the corner of Frankford and Cheltenham avenues.

Aaron Mallin of North Jersey made the disturbing discovery Sunday when he came to visit his father’s grave.

“It’s just very disheartening that such a thing would take place,” Mallin said.

He says he knows this doesn’t look good, but is hoping that somehow this wasn’t an anti-Semitic attack.

“I’m hoping it was maybe just some drunk kids. But the fact that there’s so many, it leads one to think it could have been targeted,” Mallin said.

The damage is widespread all across the cemetery with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of headstones affected.

Mallin just doesn’t understand how someone could do this.

“It’s just very heartbreaking,” Mallin said.

(Source: ABC News)


5 COMMENTS

  1. Missouri; Pennsylvania; Now time for electrical fences around these & all cemeteries, both electrified for electric shock, and to be burglar alarmed.

    As for Aaron Mallin going to a cemetery on Rosh Chodesh:- It is between him & his Rabbi to work out this Halachic issue.

  2. To 147-
    Considering the fact the it was his father’s yahrtzeit and not visiting a kever on R”C is a minhag, AND he was coming from a distance, AND it was a Sunday which means- not a workday, AND had he come on a workday considering the fact that he came from a long distance- he’d miss shkiya- all things considered any rav who knows anything would tell him it’s ok to go. So it looks like they worked out the “halachic” issue.