Jewish wild flower cemetery consecrated

Over twenty people attended the consecration ceremony at the Penmount Wildflower Cemetery section for Jewish burials in Truro on Sunday, the 15th of October.  The service was led by Life President, Harvey Kurzfield, to officially mark the site which will eventually be the final resting place for members of the Jewish community who wish to be buried there.

The area has been especially marked off and separated from the other wild flower section of this cemetery with Hawthorne bushes. A portable water facility is on hand to accommodate those who wish to wash their hands after leaving the area and a bench has been placed which will one day have the names of people who are buried there.

In addition, a special book of remembrance will be placed inside the Penmount Crematorium building with a page for each member buried at this particular site with a picture of a Jewish headstone with the appropriate words in Hebrew and English and inscriptions of choice to replicate what the deceased person’s burial plot would have looked like with a traditional tombstone.

Following the ceremony an extra service took place to bury sacred, unusable sacred books.

A High Tea at the Alverton Hotel sponsored by Kehillat Kernow took place after the services.

Many thanks to Susan Cannon, Penmount Funeral Director; Harvey Kurzfield, Rachel Brown and Leslie Lipert for organising this meaningful event.

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This Thursday, 22 Tishri, is Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, the day when a circle is completed. On this day, Moses dies and on this day the world is born. Sadness becomes joy when the Torah cycle begins again. At the same time, Joshua becomes the leader and is instructed by God to be of stout heart and to cross the river Jordan. Israel begins a new life.

A new life, but soon the first death takes place, as we hear on the first Shabbat of the new cycle. A brother kills a brother.

Before the murder takes place, God says to Cain, who is angry that his brother’s offering had been preferred to his, “If you do good, will there not be special privilege? And if you do not do good, sin is crouching at the door. It lusts after you, but you can dominate it.”

These words are like a seed within from which the whole of the Torah grows. They encapsulate the moral choice facing humanity and which is so eloquently expressed by Moses in Devarim. “See! Today I have set before you the life and the good and the death and the evil.”

To return to Cain, after the murder, God asks him, Where is your brother Abel?” ”

I do not know,” replies Cain. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

The answer to this is yes. We are one another’s keepers and the stories to come of Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Moses, Aaron and Miriam and, much later, of David and Jonathan, all provide good and bad examples of how we treat one another. Israel’s very creation and education are God’s living experiment in learning to care for one another and, by so doing, to honour God.

Don’t miss the beginning of this great journey. Come along this Saturday at 10:30. Liz Berg will be leading the service.

Teshuvah for Yom Kippur

From Kol Nidrei to Neilah, our final journey of the High Holiday on 29 and 30th of September, couldn’t have been more moving or expertly conducted by our star service leaders, Adam Feldman and Harvey Kurzfield.  Highly attended by members, friends and visitors, the second half of the Days of Awe, combined song, remembrance, prayer and thoughtful moments and ended joyfully with Havdalah and a fine communal breaking of the fast.

Our hosts and caterers, Jos and Peter Hadfield of Roselidden Farm, have become experts at treating us to proper gifilte fish as a savory reward for observing this most important of all festivals..

Some of these moments can be seen by clicking here onto our Photo Gallery.

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