OXFORD CIRCLE - One Northeast Philadelphia community is restoring a historic Jewish cemetery, one stone at a time.
More than 150 volunteers gathered in Oxford Circle Sunday afternoon for cleanup efforts at Har Nebo Cemetery.Har Nebo Cemetery was founded in 1890 and is considered Philadelphia’s oldest privately-owned Jewish cemetery.
It covers 28 acres and is the resting place of nearly 34,000 people."The patriarch of our family came over in 1883 and passed away in 1897 and is here," said Rich Blumberg, Chair of the Friends of the Jewish Cemetery.Blumberg said he’s an individual descendent of about 10 family members who are part of the cemetery and said, while his family stones were in good shape, he noticed many needed restoration and repairs."These stones were just lying on the ground.