Vandals damage graves in Jewish cemetery in Freehold

<p>Several headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Freehold were vandalized and a local veterans group is offering a reward to find the vandals responsible.</p>

News 12 Staff

Sep 14, 2018, 2:23 AM

Updated 2,110 days ago

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Several headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Freehold were vandalized and a local veterans group is offering a reward to find the vandals responsible.
Mike Berman with the New Jersey chapter of the Jewish War Veterans group says that someone deliberately knocked over and damaged four headstones in the cemetery, including one belonging to a World War II veteran.
“It’s a sin. I mean it’s truly a sin,” Berman says.
Berman says that it happened at the Congregation Agudath Achim Cemetery in August. The four headstones were cracked or chipped when they tipped over.
"These are people who live their lives, who have families, who still are remembered and to go ahead and deliberately desecrate their site, their grave, their final resting place, is wrong,” says Berman.
The group is paying to have the veteran’s headstone repaired, as a way to honor him. They are also offering the reward to find out who did the act.
“We’re very fortunate that we have the money to do it but it's an obligation that we feel we owe it to them. They were our ancestors, they are the people who served,” Berman says.
The headstones are currently out for repair and should be reinstalled soon.
Anyone who may have any information about the vandalism is asked to call Freehold police.


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