The Jewish community is heartbroken at the news that at least 100 grave stones at a prominent Jewish cemetery in St Louis have been desecrated.
Vandals target historic Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery in University City
By now, we assume many of you have heard the news of the vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery at Olive and Hanley. If you did not, it is believed that at least 100 grave stones were overturned.
This is one of our holy places, the final resting place for so many beloved members of our families. The thought that someone would hurt or disturb those grounds is inconceivable. An event like this can leave us feeling sad, angry, and perhaps even feeling helpless. However, at a time such as this, it is important that we remain calm and connected to our community, because together we can find healing and hope.
Please know that we are here for you. We are available to talk and of course our sanctuary is always open as a space for quiet reflection.
As we prepare to end this day, may all of us find comfort and strength in the words of the Hashkiveinu.
“Help us, Adonai, to lie down in peace, and awaken us again, our Sovereign, to life. Spread over us Your shelter of peace; guide us with Your good counsel. Save us because of Your mercy: Shield us from enemies and pestilence, from Starvation, sword, and sorrow. Remove the evil forces that Surround us. Shelter us in the shadow of Your wings, 0 God, who watches over us and delivers us, our gracious and merciful Ruler. Guard our coming and our going; grant us life and peace, now and always. Praised are You Adonai, Eternal Guardian of Your people Israel.”
Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg, Cantor Ron Eichaker, Rabbi Roxanne Shapiro