Category: Jewish Tombstones

Highlighting interesting or unique tombstones we have photographed

Meaning behind tombstone symbols

The article below shows the meaning behind: Cut tree – someone who has died young Acorn – Continuity of life or greater life after burial Ball – Cycle of life, eternity Vessel – the body is considered to be the…

How to read a gravestone

Rivka Goldblatt of Jewishfamilyresearch has helped us by reading some Hebrew inscriptions, here she explains how she did it. We, at CemeteryScribes, are very grateful for her assistance. Old gravestones. Even worse, photographs of old gravestones. How to decipher them?…

SOME CORNER OF A FOREIGN FIELD………

At 20.20 hours on 10 August 1941, an RAF Liberator took off from Ayr Scotland, destination Gander Newfoundland. 20 minutes into its flight, the plane crashed into a ridge on Mullach Buidhe, just North of Goat Fell, the the highest…

Olympics – 100 years ago!

Taking part in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm was the son of a salesman, David Henry Jacobs. David was born in 1888 Cardiff, Wales to John and Sarah Jacobs. He was one of at least 6 children. In 1911 the…

Confusion in the stars!

The Star of David (Mogen David) is frequently seen on tombstones but not all are Jewish and many cause confusion. We were recently contacted by Evelyn Simak who very kindly photographed tombstones at Jewish cemeteries in East Anglia for us.…

Tombstone symbols – Fish

We have two examples of ‘fish’ symbols from tombstones in Brady Street Jewish Cemetery. In both cases there is a single fish, although we understand that 2 fish may be featured and look identical. or very similar, to the symbol…

Tombstone Symbols – Cohen Hands

This is the first of a series of blogs we want to run on the various tombstone symbols we have seen so far. Here are some examples of ‘Cohen Hands’ the priestly blessing. This symbol indicates that the person buried…