Monday, February 27, 2023

When There Is No Congregation To Maintain Your Pittsburgh-Area Cemetery

The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle sends out an email they call "Update" a few times a week and I am a subscriber. One day last week, their Update included this:

I do not recall having heard of this before.

The link led to a film about an hour long, showing all the cemeteries under their management. There are dozens, some from defunct congregations in the city and some in small towns where there are no longer active congregations. These congregations were founded anywhere from the mid-1800s to the 1960s.

A number of these cemeteries have graves of members of my family, so I had visited them myself over the years. Sometimes more than once.

The opening picture is from Anshe Labovitz in Shaler Township, where my family has two members - in both cases women whose husbands are buried elsewhere. The film visits this cemetery again later.

Other cemeteries of family interest are Tiphereth Israel (adjacent to Anshe Labovitz), Machzikei HaDas (where I have great-grandparents and three sets of aunts and uncles), Podolier, Beth Abraham as well as Grandview in Johnstown. And dozens of others.

The JCBA also crossses state lines to the Steubenville/Weirton area.

These are only cemeteries which are not maintained by active congregations.

You can see the film here. You can find the organization itself at

The JCBA sign was not there when I last visited

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