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Uncover 1,700 Year Old Jewish Cemetery

October 14, 1928
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(J. T. A. Mail Service)

Excavations on the site of the ancient town of Saloma, near Spalato in Dalmatia, on the Adriatic, conducted for the past forty years by the archeologist, Monsignor Bulitch, have revealed, as he states, an ancient Jewish cemetery there which is 1,700 years old.

He claims that as there is no Jewish cemetery in Europe more than 800 years old, this is, with the exception of the catacombs in Rome, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe. Monsignor Bulitch says that he has established the existence of an organized Jewish community in Saloma in the third century. He has found menorahs, lamps with Jewish symbols and a fragment of a sarcophagus with a massive Menorah of the kind depicted on the Arch of Titus in Rome. Important discoveries are expected when the cemetery has been excavated.

Monsignor Bulitch is anxious to make his discoveries known to the Jews, hoping that they will assist him with funds to excavate the cemetery.

A bill in equity was brought in the Superior Court of Boston by residents of Wildword Street. Dorchester, to enjoin the erection of a mikvah ritual bath, by the Mikvah Israel Association of Dorchester. The plaintiffs aver that the permit has been secured from the city by misrepresentation and the erection of a mikvah would be a nuisance and detrimental to other property in the neighborhood. The case was scheduled to come up before the court on Wednesday.

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