Are our graves ok?
What can we do?
How can we help?
|VP Pence cleaning up|
I have been thinking about this event all week and I finally realized what was bothering me. I was very close with my Grandma Hetty Diamond. She lived a long time and as you can see from her grave she outlived my Grandfather Wolf, who I never met and for whom I am named. If she knew what about the events of this week that the graves in this graveyard were vandalized because it was a Jewish graveyard I thought at first she would be incredulous. She had come to America and became a citizen and she believed that she lived in a great country. My mom said I was mistaken and not for the first time corrected me: my grandmother was ahead of her time and she would not be surprised at this latest act of anti-semitism. She read the newspaper everyday and loved whatever first lady Eleanor Roosevelt had to say; there was a picture of FDR in their house; however she lived in the small town and was aware of anti-semtisim and had probably experienced it as well.
|Diamond, my grandparents|
Perhaps I keep thinking about the desecration of the graveyard and my ancestors as we discuss the status of refugees in the United States today. I am proud that at Lakeside Congregation with the help of HIAS are sponsoring a refugee family. We have collected all of the money, furniture, clothes and other items and we are just waiting for the travel ban to be lifted. It is with a heavy heart I see my country putting up more road blocks for families seeking asylum.
As I talked with my mom today she said we live in troubled times, with a capital T and I agree. We must continue to work to do what is right. This may mean calling your representatives, marching to protest the travel ban or cleaning up a cemetery where your grandparents, great grandparents and other relatives are buried.
|Grandma Hetty Diamond and me: 1972 at my Bat Mitzvah|