New York Times story on Laredo Jewish community

I won’t write much on this very timely article about “the living will” by the Jewish Community Legacy Project by Jane Levere in The New York Times – not because it doesn’t matter but because my head is trying to murder me with a horrible headache.

Members of Laredo’s Jewish community, whom Mr. Sarnat has introduced to officials of the Federation of Greater Austin for cemetery care, are facing the community’s decline with both sadness and resignation.

“It doesn’t make me feel too good,” Mr. Greenblum said. “This is the place where I grew up, my home, my background. It’s dying. But you have to face reality.”

His sister and parents are buried in Laredo’s Jewish cemetery, and he has set aside plots there for himself and his wife, Shirley.

Evelyn Selig, 64, a Laredo retailer and widow whose three children have moved away, said the membership of her Conservative synagogue had dwindled to 40 families, from a peak 30 years ago of more than 100.

“My synagogue is my home,” Ms. Selig said. “But I’m a realist.”

The handover of the cemetery’s maintenance, she explained, will not occur “for over 20 years.” “But,” she said, “we want to get it established and know there is some succession and continuity in oversight.”


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