Preservation group offers tours of Jewish cemeteries
Thursday, August 23, 2007
At most tours offered by Friends for Preservation of Middlesex County Jewish Cemeteries Inc., attendees have included family members from the mid-Atlantic states, who have come to visit the graves of their loved ones and connect with friends and cousins. Some tours have attracted visitors from as far as Florida and California.
However, on Sept. 2, the group will host its first international visitor, when Avi Treistman travels from Jerusalem to visit the graves of his great-grandparents at the Congregation Shaarey Tefiloh Cemetery in Perth Amboy.
The organization has held a series of 12 tours since March 2006. Its Sept. 2 tour is expected to attract a large crowd because it is customary for Jews to visit cemeteries near the High Holy Days and because many of Triestman's relatives are also planning to visit the graves.
The Sept. 2 tour will begin at noon at the Hebrew Fraternity Cemetery entry gate on New Brunswick Avenue in Hopelawn. Following a one-hour tour of the Hebrew Fraternity Cemetery, the group will move to the Congrega tion Shaarey Tefiloh Cemetery on Florida Grove Road in Perth Amboy for another one-hour tour.
Although the tours are free, advance registration is recommended. For more information, call (856) 222-1418 or go to www.friend sofjewishcemeteries.org.