WABC continued its coverage of the horrific mess at Bayside Cemetery, with an attempt to interview the current rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zedek. That’s the Upper West Side temple that took the money that hundreds of families paid for perpetual care of the graves, and uh.. spent it.
Surprise — the rabbi, William Plevan, (who inherited the problem) didn’t want to talk to ABC’s reporter, Jim Hoffer.
The report says,
“Congregation Shaare Zedek is now using charitable donations to cleanup the cemetery which they say should be completed sometime in the Fall.”
Those charitable donations are as far as I know, not from the synagogue, but from groups like CAJAC, who have hired professional landscapers. In all the times I’ve been there, I’ve yet to meet a volunteer from Shaare Zedek. It’s people from CAJAC, the Boy Scouts, fraternities, Mormons, and other volunteers, who have worked to fix this disaster.
Shaare Zedek’s digs by the way, look pretty nice. It wouldn’t break my heart a bit, if as a result of the lawsuits filed against them by distraught families, they lost that piece of property. True, I’m not sure how easy it would be for anyone to sell a synagogue, but that’s not the point.
The congregation can pray in the street, or at the cemetery. Zedek’s website has on its home page,
“Open the gates of righteousness for me, that I may enter them and praise God.” Psalms 118:19