Marc Passy, Joe Blog (President of the Galil Lodge), Scott Gardner, Rabbi Steven Morgen, Steve Meyer (President of the Tikvah Lodge), Zak Katzenellenbogen, Alan Lipman, Lawrence Barris and Mark Goldberg.
The Houston Gravestone Project unveilings were held in conjunction with Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Rabbi Steven Morgen, who is a member of HOD Lodge Galil, and Woody Fox, Beth Yeshurun Board Member and President of the Beth Yeshurun Cemetery Association; and organized by Larry Caulfield, new warden of Beth Yeshurun Cemetery. The group hopes to have a similar unveiling at Beth Yeshurun Allen Parkway Cemetery late next month.
HOD is a Jewish fraternal organization, which serves the community, applying Jewish ideals and values, while providing its members with the opportunity for personal development. It was founded in England over 100 years ago and has 10 lodges in the United States. Jewish members come from all levels of observance and non-affiliation.
The HOD Houston Gravestone project has been well received by all, and other lodges plan to follow Houston’s lead. Atlanta has already had its first reveal.
HOD Houston received a generous grant from the Goldstaub Community Special Needs Fund of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation, to help place more markers on unmarked Jewish graves in local Jewish cemeteries.
Chevra Kadisha, United Orthodox Synagogues, and the Texas Jewish Historical Society all contributed to this project, as did many individuals.
To date, in addition to Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Cemetery, new markers have been placed at UOS Beth Jacob Cemetery, 2300 Almeda Genoa Rd.; Adath Israel Cemetery, 4700 Airline Dr.; Beth Israel Memorial Garden, 1101 Antoine Drive; and Emanu El Memorial Park, 8341 Bissonnet Street.
To donate to the Houston Gravestone Project fund, go to hodgalil.org/Donate.