Jewish symbols – Part 1

Jewish Symbols 1

After going through several of my photo files, I stumbled across some great symbols I’d discovered in Bikur Cholim cemetery in Seattle. Many of them should be easily recognizable. If not, then a refresher skim through the Book of Psalms (think of singing psalms, accompanied by a harp for the symbol on the upper left) will turn on the light bulb.

For the Live Long and Prosper signal, yes, that’s actually a blessing. Read more here: The Jewish roots of Leonard Nimoy.

I’m curious about the barbed wire Star of David, though. Does it mean this person was a Holocaust survivor?


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A family affair

burning bush 3

This could represent either the burning bush (Jewish), tree of life, or the family tree. Regardless, this is a fantastic memorial located up in Lakeview Cemetery.

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Black sheep, criminals, and scoundrels…

Today’s Sharing Saturday post comes from Genealogy with Janice, and explains how to find all black sheep hiding in your family tree.



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Language of flowers


Another carving from a cemetery on Whidbey Island, this one is of a carved basket holding ferns (symbolizing humility and sincerity), corn (symbolizing rebirth/fertility), and possibly dewdrops, but I’m not sure.

Any flower experts out there who do know, please weigh in.

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Flowers for Herbert


Herbert’s buried in a tiny cemetery on Whidbey Island, up in Washington. The bouquet of flowers appears to include some calla lilies, lily of the valley, and possibly some poppies?


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Creating an interest…

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on how to create local interest in old cemeteries by telling the interesting life stories about the people buried in them. Here’s a link to Part 2 published on the historical society’s blog.






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A cemetery for the non-Catholics who died in Rome


Today’s Sharing Saturday post from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, focuses on the cemetery in Rome where all the non-Catholics had to go.

“There was an area outside the [Roman] walls to the north of the city where people outside the church such as suicides and prostitutes and criminals were buried. That’s where Protestants would normally be buried too, because they were outside the church and they were considered heretics.”

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