Long forgotten except by a few old time residents was the existence of a Jewish  burial ground a short distance from the main cemetery. In 1980's the site was shown to  Jewish visitors from Maryland, Israel Rubin, his family  and a friend Judge C. Lawrence Huerta a full blooded Yaqui Indian from Tucson. Huerta was moved to restore the site  when Israel Rubin recited the traditional kaddish prayer.

"I'm an American Indian who spent many years in Washington D.C., working on behalf of my people," he said. "There the Rubin family made me part of them. The state of the Jewish Cemetery at Boothill moved me deeply. A burial place is sacred to my people, and I wanted this place to be treated with the respect it once had. In honoring my Jewish brothers I feel I am also honoring the lost and forgotten bones of my own people who lay where they fell when the west was being settled."

With the help of the Jewish Friendship Club of Green Valley Arizona and the approval of the Tombstone City Council a fence was put up to enclose the area and a memorial was erected to honor the unknown Jews buried there.

You can see the stones placed on the memorial by the many Jewish visitors since the site was rededicated in 1984. Many of them probably recited the Mourner's Kaddish  as we did. The Kaddish is printed in Hebrew and Yinglish on the back page of the 8x11 handout which we were given when we asked about the "Jewish Memorial" on the  Cemetery sign.

(by the way it seems that this story appeared in the Congressional  Record March 28,1984 and The New York Times on February 28,1984 but we missed it. A copy of the Congressional Record excerpt was included in the handout)

The platform is faced with rock from nearby silver mines. It bears on its east and west side the Star of David. On the South side seen in the picture is a HoHokam Indian sun-symbol -- the word meaning "those who vanished" in the Papago Indian language. Inside are representative Jewish and Indian religious items including soil from Israel. The flames of the "menorah" atop the monument spell "Shalom".

There were no markers on any of the graves, only the crumbling adobe walls marked the spot.

We left Tombstone the next morning and traveled to Yuma to determine its suitability as a place for us to winter. While there we
visited the Yuma Territorial Prison State Park another memory of mine from watching all those westerns as a kid.

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