24 October 2008
The Jewish Graveyard Rabbit is now online with two posts here and here.
In response to fellow geneablogger Terry Thornton's formation of the the Association of Graveyard Rabbits, many established bloggers (see the association site for the continually updated list) have formed local blogs dedicated to their local cemeteries.
According to Terry, the scope includes the premise "that member blogs will be devoted exclusively to cemeteries, grave markers, burial customs and thus promote the study of cemeteries, the preservation of cemeteries, and transcription of genealogical and historical information that may be found in cemeteries." He also suggested that such blogs be local in nature, restricted to a single geographic area.
I believe, however, that since Jewish cemeteries are worldwide and share specific customs, symbols, inscriptions and language - and also due to the growth in restoration and preservation projects - that an encompassing Jewish Graveyard Rabbit, with an international team of contributing writers, would provide much more information in one place, with less duplication and overlap.
JGR welcomes input from Jewish genealogists around the world who can provide information (and photographs) on their local cemeteries, restoration and preservation projects. This scope includes Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Mizrahi customs and traditions.
A team of writers is now being gathered, and readers are invited to contribute relevant postings. If you would like to be part of this effort, email firstname.lastname@example.org, provide contact details, proposed topic/country, etc.
We'd be happy to welcome you at the Jewish Graveyard Rabbit.
John Newmark of the Transylvanian Dutch blog has established Arnevet Beth Olam (Hebrew translation) for Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis, Missouri.