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Erlene Weitzen
B: 1928-03-26
D: 2017-06-23
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Weitzen, Erlene
David Handler
B: 1927-10-05
D: 2017-06-22
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Handler, David
Ruben Freiberg
B: 1939-05-25
D: 2017-06-21
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Freiberg, Ruben
Elaine Hess
B: 1943-12-03
D: 2017-06-21
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Hess, Elaine
Thelma Kramer
B: 1925-08-04
D: 2017-06-17
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Kramer, Thelma
Deanne Bloom
B: 1937-09-14
D: 2017-06-12
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Bloom, Deanne
Gabriella Labson
B: 1914-10-15
D: 2017-06-10
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Labson, Gabriella
Estelle Greenstein
B: 1927-02-18
D: 2017-06-03
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Greenstein, Estelle
Anwar Cohen
B: 1924-01-01
D: 2017-05-31
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Cohen, Anwar
Darya Blinder
B: 1925-07-25
D: 2017-05-31
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Blinder, Darya
Pessie Sonabend
B: 1923-12-23
D: 2017-05-31
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Sonabend, Pessie
Leonard Stein
B: 1923-07-02
D: 2017-05-17
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Stein, Leonard
Jerome Libenson
B: 1926-03-22
D: 2017-05-16
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Libenson, Jerome
Everett Halbreich
B: 1944-10-06
D: 2017-05-11
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Halbreich, Everett
Eileen Schubert
B: 1924-04-06
D: 2017-05-10
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Schubert, Eileen
Minoo Azarkian
B: 1942-05-08
D: 2017-05-08
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Azarkian, Minoo
Wolf Spindel
B: 1952-11-24
D: 2017-05-04
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Spindel, Wolf
Albert Zlotnick
B: 1924-07-26
D: 2017-05-04
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Zlotnick, Albert
Elina Korol
B: 1941-01-01
D: 2017-05-02
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Korol, Elina
Shearn Platt
B: 1933-07-23
D: 2017-04-30
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Platt, Shearn
Judith Solomon
B: 1938-06-23
D: 2017-04-23
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Solomon, Judith

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Unveiling

What is an unveiling?

An unveiling (hakamat hamatzeivah) is a graveside religious ceremony marking the formal setting of a loved one’s monument at the cemetery, as it is a religious obligation to place a marker at the grave of a loved one.

When is the unveiling held?

According to Jewish law the monument may be set any time at or after the Sheloshim. While the custom in Israel is to have the unveiling on the Sheloshim itself, most American Jews hold the unveiling service close to the end of the year of mourning.

Is there a prescribed ritual for an unveiling?

No. Custom dictates a brief ceremony, with family and friends present. Generally, Psalms are recited, followed by some brief words about the deceased, the actual unveiling of the stone, the El Maleh Rachamim (the Memorial Prayer), and the Kaddish.

Why do some people leave pebbles on the headstone as they leave the cemetery?

In biblical times graves were frequently marked by a pile of stones. They would be toppled by wind and rain, and people would have to re-pile the stones. Some suggest that this may explain the custom of leaving pebbles, that is, by leaving a stone, you are, in effect, resetting the “pile” of stones, and receiving credit as if marking the grave for the first time. Today, the pebbles serve as a visible sign that members of the family came to visit and remember.

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