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A Tour of the Jewish Cemeteries of Raleigh with Barbara Freedman and David Zendels
Sunday, September 22, 2019, 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Mordecai Historic Park
1 Mimosa Street
Raleigh, NC 27609
Registration is recommended
Barbara Freedman and David Zendels will lead us on a tour of Raleigh’s two Jewish cemeteries in the Oakwood neighborhood, starting at Mordecai Historic Park, with a drive through the downtown area where Jewish businesses were centered 1920-1970.
We will meet at the Visitor Center at Mordecai Historic Park, 1101 Wake Forest Road, at the corner of Wake Forest Road and Cedar Street. This is a little north and east of downtown Raleigh. There is on-street parking in the neighborhood surrounding the Visitor Center and Mordecai House, which is next door at 1 Mimosa Street. Also, if there is no funeral, the lot at Bryan Lee Funeral Home, at 831 Wake Forest Road is available. They are friendly neighbors.
We will assemble in the conference room at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is a short walk from the parking area which lines Mimosa Street. There are restrooms, a small catering kitchen (no oven), and a nice exhibit about the Mordecai family in the Visitor Center. There is also a built-in projector for computer presentations.
There will be a staff member present to help us with arrangements.
Rain date: October 6
David Zendels was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is a first generation American. David and his family have lived in Raleigh for the past 45 years. He has been active in the Jewish community, serving as chair of Jewish Federated Charities, Israel Bonds, president of Beth Meyer Synagogue and board member of the Raleigh Hebrew Cemetery since 2003. David became interested in family genealogy in 1992 when Lee Iacocca started The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. He started by contacting his 15 first cousins to gather family information and now has over 1000 names on his family tree. David has served as TJGS Treasurer since 2013.
Barbara Freedman has served on the Board of the Raleigh Hebrew Cemetery Association since 2010, and has been an active volunteer since 2012, serving as one of four operations representatives (as a volunteer). She became treasurer of the RHC Board in 2015.
Barbara has served as treasurer and president of Temple Beth Or, and helped write the congregation’s history for its 100th anniversary in 2012. Barbara served for six years on the City of Raleigh’s Historic Resources & Museum Advisory Board; for two years she was chair. She is currently a Board member of the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum.