The Day of Service, in memory of Stephen J. Anderer, former President of the Friends of GJMC, will
include a ceremony dedicating the recently restored stone pillar entranceway and the newly installed
bronze Har Hasetim plaque.
“The Day of Service was created to recognize the significant contributions that Stephen made in advancing
the efforts for the Friends through his leadership and tireless efforts,” said Neil Sukonik, President of the
Friends. “We are proud to have this important Day of Service in Stephen's memory be the foundation for
the dedication of the restoration of the stone pillars.”
“It is meaningful to our family for the Friends to support Stephen's memory in a way that is aligned with his vision and his commitment to community, history and Judaism,” said Dr. Susan Anderer. “Stephen would be proud to know the restoration of this historical memorial cemetery continues in his honor.”
The Friends oversee the restoration of Har Hasetim, which translates to Mount of Olives, a formerly abandoned Jewish Cemetery in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania that was established in 1893.
The Day of Service will include stabilization of paths throughout the cemetery, removal of invasive plants, and clean-up of fallen limbs and other debris. Participants in the Day of Service will meet at Beth David Reform Synagogue, 1130 Vaughan Lane, Gladwyne at 9:30am and make the short walk to the cemetery.
Sturdy shoes, jeans and work/gardening gloves are recommended. After the Day of Service, participants are welcome to return to Beth David for light snacks and beverages. For further information or to register please contact Jill Cooper or 610-896-7485, x104.