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December 21, 2013 1:00 pm

Report: Many American Jewish Cemeteries in Neglect

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The Jewish cemetery in Weissensee, Berlin. Photo: wiki commons.

JTA — For years, the historic Jewish cemetery was so overgrown with weeds, plagued by toppled headstones, and littered with fallen branches, beer cans and snack-food wrappers that at least a quarter of its graves were impossible to reach.

Even now, after a $140,000 cleanup and improved maintenance procedures, the 35,000-grave cemetery relies on the generosity of a non-Jewish volunteer to repair its tombstones, fences and mausoleums.

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