Har Nebo Cemetery in Phila #usa #photographs


Josephine Rosenblum
 

I have a different opinion of Har Nebo.  Years ago, I paid a professional genealogist to discover where in Philadelphia my grandfather was interred.  I had his death certificate with the exact date of death in 1909.  When the researcher found my grandfather--Sigmund SEGAL--was at Har Nebo, I asked the cemetery for a photo.  Their reply was they did not have anyone by that name, so I paid a second researcher, who agreed that Har Nebo was correct.  My second cousins, who went to the cemetery office personally, were told they absolutely did not have Sigmund SEGAL.

My cousins have many other SEGAL relatives there and visited their graves.  They looked around, just in case Sigmund was there, but they did not see a tombstone for him.  They do not read Hebrew.  As they were leaving, they turned around once more, and there, on the back of a marble stone, was "Sigmund SEGAL" as clear as can be!  The front of the stone is all Hebrew.  He is interred just 2-3 graves away from his sister and mother, each with English lettering.

I contacted Har Nebo again, and their response was that their records show him as "Sigmund SAGEL", and they would not change their records, although the death certificate and stone clearly spell the name SEGAL.  Their reason--their record has been there since 1909, so they won't change it, even to correct their mistake.

Between Sigmund's grave and those of his sister and mother is a grave for a woman who has no relationship to any of them.  I thought Orthodox cemeteries did not allow that.  He had only one wife, my grandmother, and since he was only 29 when he died, this unknown woman cannot be related.

Since then, his stone has toppled, due to sunken ground.

This is why I have a negative opinion of this cemetery.
Josephine Rosenblum
Cincinnati


Chana Bonn
 

I visited Har Nebo about 3 years ago, and the cemetery was in very nice condition.  In fact, the groundskeeper was mowing the grass when I visited.  I have relatives buried there in the Prushin-Shershov section.   The person in the office was very helpful when called, although it did take a couple of days for him to return the call.  The cemetery is in a very decent urban setting, with schools bordering two sides and streets with houses bordering another.  The fourth side is bordered by a major thoroughfare street.  Even though the area is okay, it is still a good idea to go with another person, since cemeteries are relatively deserted places.  The respondent who wrote about the poor condition of the cemetery may have been referring to another, nearby cemetery that is owned by Har Nebo and which had been vandalized.  That cemetery (Mt. Carmel) has undergone repairs and has had additional security measures put in place.  It is located in a much older and semi-industrialized urban area.  
I am sure that if you call the office they will eventually get back to you and perhaps take photos.  They have very good records of burials there, and I believe some of that information is now available online.
Chana Bonn
Philadelphia


Harry Green
 

I am sorry to hear about that as my maternal ancestors (Brantz) have some beautiful monuments!!! Fortunately we have photos of them all (taken  about 2006). They were erected in the 1920's. The last time I visited them was about 1988. At that time they had an active open office and a new section.
Harry Green


Bonnie Keyser
 

This is a very sad cemetery in an urban neighborhood. 
Many graves are in bad condition. Stones have fallen down or been pushed over. It’s quite expensive to fix those stones as I found out. 

 


Nancy Dorfman
 

Also try Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) an online site. They have volunteers that respond to requests. I had someone take a photo for me. I will private message you with her name.


Nancy Dorfman
 

Have you tried going on findagrave.com? You'll need to register, using an email address, but it is free. There are already memorials for Har Nebo, so you can do a search, or request a photo from a volunteer.


J G
 

Have you both tried to contact Har Nebo?   If I recall correctly, they took a picture for me for a small fee or maybe it was a donation.   


Nina Tobias
 

I have the identical request regarding the desire to obtain gravestone photos at Nebo.
Please respond privately for information.
With thanks, 
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Nina Tobias
Scottsdale, Arizona

Researching: TOBIAS, SWARTZ, VORABYEV, HOROWITZ


Rachelle Litt
 

Would like to know if someone is willing to take some gravestone photos at Har Nebo Cemetery in Phila. 
Please respond privately for information needed.  Thank you!
Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach gardens Florida
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Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida