Berlin’s Oldest Bais Hakevaros Renovated

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ben-chorinRenovation work on Berlin’s oldest Jewish cemetery has been finished with the reinstallation of 20 tombstones. Rabbi Tovia Ben-Chorin recited Kaddish Thursday at the cemetery in downtown Berlin and presented the tombstones at their new location on the cemetery’s southern wall. They are protected by a newly installed roof.

The cemetery was built in 1672 by Jews who had found refuge in Berlin after being chased from Vienna.

After the cemetery’s destruction during the Nazi era, gravestones were kept at a different cemetery for years.

The renovation cost about $38,000 and was paid for by the city of Berlin and the local Jewish community.

 {AP/Noam Newscenter}


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