Hebrew cemetery headstones toppled in Winnipeg

A visitor to the Hebrew Sick Benefit Association Cemetery on Mother's Day discovered that about 20...

A visitor to the Hebrew Sick Benefit Association Cemetery on Mother's Day discovered that about 20 headstones had been damaged there sometime between May 9 and 11.

Jim Bender, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:16 AM ET

WINNIPEG - A visitor to the Hebrew Sick Benefit Association Cemetery on Mother's Day discovered that about 20 headstones had been damaged there sometime between May 9 and 11.

"That person alerted our funeral director," Jonathan Buchwald, executive director of the Etz Chayim Synagogue that oversees the cemetery, said Wednesday. "It's terrible when it happens."

But it is the first time it has happened in his 10 years as executive director.

Police have pegged the damage at $40,000-$60,000 but Buchwald said they are still assessing the total.

"We have insurance but we don't know the extent of it yet," he said. "Many of the stones that were knocked over look like they can just be put back."

That will be addressed soon, Buchwald said.

Neither Buchwald nor police said there was any indication of the vandalism being a hate crime.

"I can't think of ... an action of an individual to be more disrespectful than this," said Const. Jason Michalyshen. "It is not only


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