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Halloween Mischief  at Waad Hakolel / Stone Cemetery

The Rochester police dept (RPD) received a phone call from a neighbor of the Waad Hakolel cemetery located at 68 Stonewood Avenue. The neighbor reported seeing a small group of teens walking through the cemetery. RPD responded by dispatching patrols to the cemetery to investigate.  The president and administrator of the Britton Road Cemetery Association were notified and went to the cemetery at 3:00 AM to meet the RPD patrol.

It was determined that 8 monuments had been tipped over.  None of the monuments were physically damaged or defaced.  The police noted candy wrappers on the ground seeming to indicate that this was Halloween mischief.  The RPD technical service unit cataloged the toppled stones and candy wrappers.

The cost of resetting the 8 monuments will be absorbed by the cemetery and is estimated not to exceed $2,000.  This was an isolated incident that occurred on Halloween night.

There was no evidence of mischief at the Britton Road cemetery which is patrolled by the Greece Police department.  We are grateful to both the Rochester and Greece police departments for their vigilance and ongoing support.  The NYS Division of Cemeteries will be notified of the incident and a vandalism report will be filed. Please direct questions to or President Michael Phillips, 

PRESS RELEASE - October 31, 2018 

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Resources - Books

The Future Begins with the Past: An Archives Exhibit of Jewish Rochester by Phyllis Kasdin

The Jewish Community in Rochester 1843-1925 by Stuart E. Rosenberg

Resources - Other

Rochester Jewish Oral History Project, Special collection held by the University of Rochester.

The Men's Clothing Industry in Rochester's History by City Historian Blake McKelvey.

Which Monuments Were ‚ÄčVandalized?

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