Huug andLieke cleaning the path

Work by our own volunteers (Juli 25th) and by Penitence & Reconsiliation (June 29th)

The remaining work days (all Sundays) for this year are: August 22nd, September 26th, and October 24th. Our winter break is from November until the end of March.

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Cas en schoongemaakte zerk

On June 29th volunteers of de Stichting voor Boete en Verzoening (Foundation for Penitence and Reconsiliation) have cleared the entrance path from bushes and thicket, raised a low hedgerow between the Sephardic part of the cemetery and the entrance pathway and used a machine to reduce branches to wood chips. The Board is grateful for all the work done by the volunteers of the Stichting voor Boete en Verzoening. 

Sunday afternoon July 25th, was our monthly work day. In perfect weather the cemetery was gloriously covered by a blanket of yellow flowers. We decided to continue cleaning the gravestones in the direction of the grave of rabbi Saul Halevy, partly overgrown by the 250 years old summeroak, which meant that most of the stones we encountered had not been touched for a very long time. They were covered by a layer of sods, moss, acorns, and overgrown with grass that crept out of the cracks in the stones. Cleaning these stones was really wonderful work, because of the very clear difference between ‘before’ and ‘after.’ We were working in the old Ashkenazy part of the cemetary, not the very oldest but the pre-war period, from the end of the 18th century into the 19th.  After cleaning, many of the stones had become clearly legible. One gravestone that Cees cleared dated from 1777.

Lieke and Huub worked on the path by the entrance of the cemetary, raking wood chips to make a path. This too was a tough job that produced a spectacular ‘before’ and ‘after’ effect. At the end of the day, we all, and especially the ‘Bestuur’  felt really good about what had been accomplished.

See the agenda for next year. Please write the days in your agenda as we really hope to see you all back again.

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