Leon Asner, William Peca and Michael Aptak’s graves have been unmarked since their burial between 2014 and 2020. They were buried near the Workers’ Circle Arch at Greenwood Cemetery - until the Hebrew Order of David got involved.
The Atlanta Lodges of the Hebrew Order of David International have created the Atlanta Gravestone Project and joined with the Indigent Burial Program from Jewish Family & Career Services, in partnership with Dressler’s Funeral Care, and our community’s Jewish cemeteries, to ensure all Jewish graves have markers.
Governing Lodge of North America has committed its Atlanta resources to provide the markers and minyanim necessary to bring dignity and closure to those who have no family or friends to arrange or pay for a stone, infants who died soon after birth and were buried without stones, and individuals who were estranged from their families.
Working with the cemeteries, the project will identify the deceased Jewish people who are buried in unmarked graves in Atlanta’s Jewish cemeteries and place grave markers. The ultimate goal is to have all graves marked.
The project can proceed as quickly as funds are raised, so that people like Leon, William, and Michael will be unknown no longer.
Update March 30, 2022:
The Atlanta Jewish Times published an article on this project and about the collaboration of JF&CS with HOD. Read article here.
Please note as a 501(c)3 all donations are tax deductible and 100% of funds collected will be used for the program.