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A photographer discovers Jewish gravestones at a tony golf course

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Gravestones used as an embankment at the Woodmere Club (Ahron D. Weiner)

As a photographer who spent years documenting Jewish sites throughout Eastern Europe, I have a perhaps heightened sensitivity to the use and misuse of Judaica. In town after town from—Prague, Czech Republic, to Uman, Ukraine, with plenty of small villages in between—I’ve found and photographed Jewish gravestones used as walls, as chimneys, and roads. So when I was walking with my 7-year-old son past the 17th hole of the Woodmere Club’s golf course, on Long Island, I was surprised to find a Star of David carved into a stone used as part of a retaining wall, protecting the course from the Reynolds Channel. I looked closer, and discovered hundreds of gravestones, many carved with Jewish names, used as embankment material. The New York Post reported on this yesterday; the club insists the stones—none of which seem to contain dates, only names and symbols—were extra granite, donated many years ago by long-dead club members. Here, for the first time, is a collection of my photos.

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It’s not what it looks like. First the country club has a very large Jewish membership. Second, the stones were donated by a member to the club. The members owned a tombstone company and the stones were faulty and never used on an actual grave. It is an old story that has been “uncovered” several times in the past. No one is trying to cover up or hide any of the facts.

Why didn’t they at the least shave off the inscriptions or symbols before using these “faulty” stones? Disturbing none the less.

What is the problem? What is so disturbing? If you need something to fill your time, find a hungry person and feed them. Kvit your Kvetching!

Shame on you, Tablet!

This is a non story. Why would you infer scandal when none exists?

With so much important material about real topics needing visibility, Tablet can make better us of its web presence.

If it is a non-scandal as Asher insists, it’s still interesting, still I would like to see some evidence that some research has been done to back up that story.

Eclessiast Ammar says:

Thank you for this great article *it touched my soul* al about Jewish People History is beloved spirituality *may Elohim SAVE AL JEWISHS AND WHOLE ISRAELS HOUSE ! SHALOM .

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If only all could respect the gift of faith they have been given and realize that all are not gifted equally. GOD could be so much better served and His wisdom of disbursement honored. Who among us knows what His ultimate plan is and how He will hold us accountable. We can only be sure our devotion to His Will may grant us eternity in His presence.

perot says:

Horrible !

Hey, rich Long Island golfing guys..why not change the club name from Woodmere to

” Vay iz Mere ”

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Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is great blog. An excellent read. I will certainly be back.


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