Feb 21 2017

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger Condemns Desceration at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery; Pledges County Help


St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has offered all possible assistance from St. Louis County to Director Anita Feigenbaum and her staff at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, the site of weekend vandalism in which more than 100 headstones were damaged.  Chesed Shel Emeth is one of the area’s oldest cemeteries, serving the St. Louis region’s Jewish community for over 125 years.

“This senseless desecration cannot be tolerated,” Stenger said.  “I have reached out to offer any help that the County can provide.  In addition to arresting and punishing those responsible, there will need to be extensive repair work to return the cemetery to the respectful, peaceful state that family members and the community expect.”

County Executive Stenger also contacted Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League Karen Aroesty to condemn the desecration and offer any possible assistance.  Aroesty is a member of the St. Louis County Human Relations Commission. 

 “We are committed to responsive and responsible government that promotes tolerance, understanding and inclusiveness,” Stenger said.  “There is no place for this reprehensible conduct in St. Louis County.”