Re: synagogue memorial plaques #JewishGenUpdates

Nolan Altman

Hi Peter,

Although I don't think there is a legal privacy issue with either, I can see the argument reversed.  The cemeteries are usually private cemeteries so the administrators may ask you to leave if they see a researcher taking a significant number of photos.  However, memorial plaques are usually placed out in the open in the sanctuary where not only members, but visitors who may be attending weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs or other events are free to walk over and read them.  That hardly seems like a way to safeguard data if there was a privacy concern.

The best way to capture information would be to approach the cemetery or synagogue administrators and explain what you want to do and why.  To that end, feel free to use the attached letter which may help.

Nolan Altman
JOWBR & Memorial Plaques Database Coordinator

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