21st. St. Cemetery revisited #general


I realize that people posted information about the article in the
NY Times about the 21st Street Cemetery, including the website in order
to retrieve the article itself. However, since some people may not be
able to access the website and article, for whatever reason, or come
across the postings in the Archives at a later date, I am including some
of the details as they pertain to genealogical interest.

The article was about damage to tombstones in the 21st St. Cemetery in
New York City, a cemetery belonging to congregation Shearith Israel, also
known as the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue. The damage occurred when
renovations were being performed to an adjacent building. Some interesting
facts are that this is the third cemetery built by the congregation. The
first, opposite Chatham Square, was used >from 1682 to 1828; the second, on
West 11th St., >from 1805 to 1829; and this one, >from 1829 to 1851. There
are more than 250 grave markers in the cemetery, some of them five feet
tall and ornate, others simple and flat and worn by time, according to
the writer of the article, Patrick McGeehan. The cemetery contains the
graves of two soldiers who died in 1784, Daniel Gomez and Abraham Judah.
Another veteran of the Revolutionary War, Isaac Nunes Cardozo, died in 1832,
a few years after the cemetery was established, Rabbi Marc Angel, senior
rabbi of the congregation is quoted as saying. The first two graves were
moved farther uptown >from the congregation's first cemetery because the
city wanted land for a new street.

On a personal note, many years ago I lived across the street >from the 11th
Street Cemetery. It was a place of mystery in a bustling neighborhood,
surrounded by high walls and a locked gate. I used to stand in front of the
gate and gaze at the tombstones, wishing I could enter and read the
inscriptions. I guess the search for roots was already in my soul.


Mimi (Weiss) Simon
Teaneck, NJ

WEISS - Ordarma, Hungary (Storoznitsa, Ukr.); East Pittsburgh, PA, USA
SIMON (Slapak)- Sislavitz, Belarus; New York City, NY, USA
KLEIN - Keked, Hungary; Abaujvar, Hungary; New York City, NY, East Pittsburgh, PA
ROTH - Olaszliszka, Hungary; Braddock, PA, East Pittsburgh, PA, USA
GOLDBERGER - Hungary; Ft. Wayne, Indiana, USA
LIKHTIG/NEMET - Kosice, Slovakia; Israel

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