NEWS FROM MAPLE GROVE CEMETERY by Merle Exit

May is Jewish American Heritage Month and to help celebrate, Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery will be presenting Jewish Music Through the Ages Concert at the Center on Saturday, May 12, 4 pm to 6pm. They are actually celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the founding of Israel and dedicating this concert to the many Jewish residents at Maple Grove including Edward Mandel, Sigmund Waldes and Catherine & William Meyers. The event will be followed by a reception on the lower level which includes the opening of the new art exhibit. Enter the gate at 129th St. & Kew Gardens Rd. for free parking. RSVP requested on our website: www.friendsofmaplegrove.org/ events1.

This is just one of many events scheduled for the day.12 Noon to 1:30 PM Conversation on Immigration is another in a series of short discussions from Humanities NYC. Meet in the Victorian Admin building just inside the gate at Lefferts Bldg. & Kew Gardens Rd. Read and discuss “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus. This poem was written by a Jewish woman in 1883 to raise money for a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. FREE admission; RSVP requested to info@ friendsofmaplegrove.org .

2 PM to 3:30 PM Second Saturday Walking Tour of Maple Grove Cemetery. Their second in a series of walking tours on the second Saturday of the month. Learn about the many interesting and influential people buried at Maple Grove. Walk through the Monument Park area of the cemetery and find out the meaning of the Victorian funerary symbols and monument styles. $15/$10 members. RSVP on their website: www.friendsofmaplegrove.org/ events , 6 PM to 8 PM Opening Reception for Robert Murphy’s Art Exhibit at the Center at Maple Grove. Meet local artist, Robert Murphy, and enjoy a wine & cheese reception on the lower level at the Center. Enter the Gate at 129th St. & Kew Gardens Rd. for free parking on cemetery grounds. Free admission.

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