CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - It took four years and three applications, but James Wolfson said the effort was worth it Sunday at the unveiling of the state historical marker for the Old Jewish Cemetery.
"We should all be greatly honored. The Old Jewish Cemetery is only the third cemetery in the Commonwealth to get a state historical marker and only the third Jewish cemetery in the country," said Wolfson, who led the effort to restore the cemetery and obtain the marker.
The 3-foot-wide sign reads:
"Consecrated in 1844, this cemetery provided a place for Jews to be properly buried under the requirements of Judaic law. Founded by Chevrah Kaddishah (Holy Burial Society), it is the first Jewish cemetery west of Philadelphia formed during a period of great westward migration in the mid-19th century. Jewish residents of the area are buried here, as is Isaac Burgauer, the only southern Jewish casualty of the Battle of Gettysburg interred in a northern Jewish cemetery."