Buried Treasures

Joel Noah

By Judi Leff

I am Judi Leff, the volunteer historian, and member of the Temple Emanu-El Cemetery Committee and the Joint Management Committee for the Jewish Cemeteries in Colma.  This will be the first of what I hope will be a regular feature on the website.

This summer, we had a wonderful day of tours for folks interested in getting to know more about our cemetery history, and what I call our Buried Treasures.  There are a trove of fabulous stories about folks in our cemeteries, both famous and barely known.  These are stories and people I have gotten to know through my interest in the history of Bay Area synagogues.  Their impact on both the Jewish and civic communities cannot be overstated.


I feel strongly that spending time getting to know the stories of our buried treasures provides so many opportunities to acknowledge the impact and feel gratitude to those who came before us.  READ MORE

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