In Our Thoughts...
March 12, 2017
We want to affirm our unwavering support to the families affected by the recent vandalism of Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City and the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia. We stand with you and the rest of the Jewish Community.
We understand that many of you are concerned for your loved ones. If you have any questions regarding whether or not your family members were affected by this recent vandalism, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (314) 367-0438
. We will help in any way we can. You may also contact Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery through their Facebook page, website
, or the following number (314) 469-1891
There are two sayings in Judaism which can apply in a circumstance such as this: Refuah Sh’leimah, which means, “may you have a complete recovery”; and Tikkun Olam, which means, “repair the world”. We send prayers of refuah sh’leimah, or healing, to all affected by the recent vandalism that took place at Chesed Shel Emeth and Mt. Carmel. Acts such as these affect everyone, and we all feel the consequences. Therefore, we must participate actively in the concept of tikkun olam or “repairing of the world.”
On Wednesday, February 22nd, the beginnings of tikkun olam and rufuah sh’leimah took place. Hundreds gathered at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City to express their solidarity and volunteer their time, regardless of their faith or religious upbringing. Two of our family staff members, Rachel Roth and Candice Roth, were present. Volunteers performed several mitzvahs, such as: washing headstones, raking leaves, and clearing debris.
Volunteering at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery. From Left to Right: Rod Jennings (Council Member), Shelley Welsch (Mayor of University City), Rachel Roth, Candice Roth.
In addition to many volunteers, also in attendance was the Cemetery Director, Anita Feigenbaum; President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Andrew Rehfeld; the Mayor of University City, Shelley Welsch; some of our Missouri Congressmen and Council Members; the Governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens; and the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence. Rachel and Candice spoke with some of the Congressmen, Council Members, and even the Vice President, to express their appreciation for their attendance and efforts.
Speakers Addressing Volunteers at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on Wednesday, February 22nd. Speakers from Left to Right: Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States; Anita Feigenbaum, Director of Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery; Eric Greitens, Governor of the State of Missouri; and Andrew Rehfeld, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
In addition to giving time, it is also important to understand that the devastation of the cemetery comes with a cost. If you are financially able, we hope that you will join us in making a donation to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Emergency Response Fund
for the cemetery’s restoration and security to bring healing and repair back to this sacred place. We are incredibly grateful for those who have already donated their money and/or time, including members of the Jewish community, other religious organizations, and the St. Louis community at large. It has been a heartening experience to see how we have all come together in the face of adversity to repair our world. As the Vice President said, “it has been inspiring to people all across this country to see the way the people of Missouri have rallied around the Jewish community with compassion and support. You have inspired this nation with your kindness and your care.”
We send our sincerest prayers for peace to those we are privileged to serve, the Jewish community of St. Louis, and to the entire St. Louis Community.
The Roth Family