The Belz Bessarabian Sick Beneficial Association section at Har Nebo Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has an extraordinary limestone arch and fence to set off the section.
The name of the association is engraved across the arch [as Belz Besarabian, one S], there is a Star of David and, perhaps, founding information in the crest at the top of the arch; and there is Hebrew or Yiddish writing on a pillar at the far left end of the limestone fence.
When we last visited the cemetery in 2007, all of this was legible.
I visited again this week and discovered that much of the text on the arch has been washed away by acid rain and pollution.
A lesson to be learned is that all graves and memorials should be thoroughly documented by photographs and those photographs should be widely shared.
The Har Nebo Cemetery grounds suffered from neglect this past year due to the pandemic, but, I was pleased to see that the grass has now been cut.
In the case of the Belz arch and fence, it is now covered with two types of ivy that will probably further break down the limestone.
Someone with knowledge of how to safely remove the ivy should do so with care.
By the way, there are arches for several other burial/beneficial associations at Har Nebo.
A few photos are attached.
In 2020, the inscription is illegible.
Text on the tall pillar at far-left side of limestone fence.