Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Afternoon in Elmont: Visiting Family at Beth David Cemetery

This afternoon we walked all around the large Beth David Cemetery in Elmont to see the final resting places of our maternal grandparents, Ethel and Herbert Sarrett, and our paternal great-grandparents, Frieda and Jacob Ginsberg, and Hannah and Harry Cohen, plus a lot of our Ginsberg great-aunts and great-uncles in the Lenyin - Lachwer Benevolent Association plots. These old Jewish burial societies -- the Cohens are in Adath Israel of Brownsville and New York, and the Sarretts are buried with the Louis Lerner Young Men's Benevolent Association -- have big areas in a large cemetery. We've always enjoyed visiting cemeteries when nobody's being buried, and we're always grateful for the reminder we'll be dead sooner or later, though we are going to be cremated. Definitely we won't be getting the perpetual care of our forebears.

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