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Memorial Chapel), which runs
Turover. They were so taken with the
story that they waived any fees
involved in erecting the foundation for
the stone and other labor costs. The
monument company approached
offered to prepare the marker below
their normal cost.
Jonathan Dorfman called some of
the other cemeteries and, in a stroke of
serendipity, found that Paul Seville,
general manager of Machpelah
Cemetery in Ferndale, had just been
talking to staff members about the
unmarked graves at Machpelah. At the
same time, Ralph Zuckman, executive
director of Clover Hill Park Cemetery
in Birmingham, also was discussing the
same topic regarding his cemetery.
Thus Kevod HaMet Society was
launched. The organization wants to
raise communal awareness about the
unmarked grave situation. They hope,
eventually, to send mailings to family
members who can be traced to such
graves through cemetery records.
Meanwhile, the group encourages indi-
viduals to look into their family burial
records and says they will work with
anyone who wishes to erect a memorial
on a currently unmarked grave.
When Dorfman contacted. the other
Jewish cemeteries, all agreed to waive
fees for bases and labor for those who
wish to commemorate the unmarked
graves of relatives. This means, said
Dorfman, that instead of a typical
charge of about $800 to install a mark-
er, a family member would only pay
about $200, the discounted price for

the monument itself.
The committee is looking
for "angels" who may wish
to underwrite expenses or
sponsor monuments for the
many deceased whose fami-
lies cannot be traced — "a
real mitzvah," Korelitz feels.
Already, $500 has been con-
tributed by an anonymous
donor as seed money.
Anna Korelitz's grave-
. stone was erected and the
unveiling held on Nov. 9. A
dozen Korelitz family mem-
bers attended.
Jonathan Dorfman led
the service, and Jay Korelitz
delivered the eulogy. In it,
Korelitz traced the source of
erecting monuments to the
memorial that patriarch
Jacob erected on Rachel's
grave in Bethlehem (Genesis
35:20). He spoke about all
the family members in the
current Korelitz family that
Aunt Anna "missed out on,"
and described the changes in the world
since her death, including medical
advances that may have saved her life.
"Today we unveil your pillar with
your legacy," said Korelitz at the serv-
ice. "May the anguished souls and
minds of you and your parents be put
to rest as we show you the respect that
you deserve. In the name of the family
of Anna Korelitz and in the presence of
her family, we consecrate this monu-
ment to her memory. May her soul be
bound up in the bond of Eternal Life."
Jim Korelitz, a nephew of Anna's
from Connecticut, said, "I am pleased
that this recognition and respect are
being given to our aunt. Even a brief
life from many years ago makes a con-
nection and adds to the bonds of our
heritage. I hope this unveiling will
bring attention to similar situations so
that all of our ancestors are properly
honored and remembered."
Jay Korelitz was satisfied.
"It gave me a warm feeling, a feeling
of closure," he says. "I'm hoping that if
people see what I did, that may move
them. People may know of relatives
without matzayvot (grave markers).
They can do it, too."



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"I compliment their persistence and patience," she remarked. And also their creativity, which
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