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PAGE 10 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 20, 2003 IIIIII I II CYCLING AND FITNESS ORLANDO (formerly Schwinn) SALES SERVICE Our 52nd Year 618 N MILLS AVE ORL Same Ownership Next to Cokm~ P~to & Hob~ BicudPa Repairs & Parts for all makes and models. New Bikes. New Thinking. 679-5144 Toll free 1-800-827-1097 or FAX: 679-6787 10069 University Blvd Orlando FL 32817 (Dean & Univerity) 629-0050 281-7666 Toll free 1-800-393-O051 Toll free 1-800-866-9554 or FAX: 629-0877 or FAX: 281-8005 134.5 Howell Branch Road, 711 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando Winter Park, FL 32789 FL 32828 (Waterford Lakes) A~ ff~)r c~dll c~ds a(x~ep~[ Wire se, wice to ALL parts of the eoufltry. HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance Air Conditioning Electrical Plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960 By Lev Krichevsky MOSCOW (JTA)---The Jew- ish cemetery in the Belarusian city of Mogilev has been closed - but Jews are still being buried there. The issue involving the cem- etery began last year, after lo- cal authorities decided to open the burial grounds to non-Jews. "Each day, new burial places are made over old Jewish bones," said Naum Ioffe, chair- man of the Mogilev Jewish com- munity. "No one can stop this barbarity but us." Orthodox Christian crosses recently ap- peared on the cemetery gate, and graves marked with crosses - surrounded by Jewish tomb- stones - now can be seen throughout the cemetery. Authorities deny any wrong- doing, saying Belarus' legisla- tion allows graves that have been abandoned for more than 40 years to be used for new burials. Jewish activists say this is not true and that the law allows only trees to be planted on aban- doned plots of cemetery land. Last month, Ioffe wrote a letter to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, urging him to help restore order at the cemetery, which was estab- lished in the mid-18thcentury. In response, the local mayor ordered the town's only Jewish cemetery temporarily dosed to new burials. That hasn't solved the prob- lem. RecentlY "an old man died photo courtesy of the Mogilev Jewish Community Damaged Jewish graves sit next to newer Christian ones in Mogilev, Belarus' Jewish cemetery in May 2003. Local authori- ties decided to open the burial grounds to non-Jews last year. andwe couldn'tbury him prop- erly," Ioffe told JTA last week in a telephone interview from Belarus. "We buried him any- way, despite the mayor's ban, and will continue using the cemetery for what it is intended - whatever it takes." This isn't the first time the cemetery has been opened to non-Jews. Twenty-five years ago, the city's Soviet authorities did just that after the town's main Christian cemetery outgrew its limits. Ioffe says some Jews, his fa- ther among them, tried to pro- test, but were told that "all So- viet peep le are equal" and there- fore can be laid to rest in any cemetery. After years of this "mixed use," many of the older graves were destroyed, bones dug up and stones discarded to make room for new burials. Jewish activists say more than 1,000 graves were dam- aged or destroyed in that way. a With the help of a small group of U.S. donors, Ioffe said, he and members of his com- munity cleared up much of the old part of the cemetery and last year reburied "four bags of bones that we found scattered all over" the cemetery. The inscription on the tomb- stone erected over the rebur- ied remains says: "Here lie the remains of the Mogilev Jews, once buried in this cemetery, whose restwas barbarically dis- turbed." The overseas donors also paid to build a fence around the cemetery and to put up a stone over the reburied re- mains. But Ioffe said the aid was discontinued after last year's decision by authorities to turn the burial grounds into a public cemetery. "This is a major disgrace to the deceased," Ioffe said. "Thgse who were laid to rest at a Jew- ish cemetery should remain in a Jewish cemetery." Ioffe says he has nothing against non- Jewish burials in a specially assigned section of the cem- etery, especially since the rela- tives of some leading politi- cians are being buried in the cemetery. The most the Jewish com- munity can hope for, Ioffe said, is to have the authorities ban new burials above older ones. 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Orlando Mayor BUDDY DYER will officiate at a tree planting ceremony for Seeds Of Peace on Sunday, June 22, 4 p.m. at Turkey Lake Park. The public is invited and the parking fees will be waived for the ceremony. For more details, email or phone TRACEY AMAR at botracevamar@hotmail.com or 321-277-2789. A quick reminder Go see ( and hear) pianist, MICHAEL KRAMER at Chapters Saturday night, June 21, from 8-11 p.m. For details and directions, call Chapters, 407-246-1546. The "good old" days A teenage boy and his grandfather went fishing last week for Father's Day. While fishing, the old man started talking about how times have changed. His grandson picked up on this and starte talking about the various problems and diseases going arounO today. The teenager said, "Grandpa, they didn't have a whole lot of problems with all these sexually transmitted diseases when yoO were young did they?" His grandfather replied, "Nope." The teen then asked, "Well, what did you guys use for safe sex?" 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