Strangers say kaddish for woman with no family after urgent appeal for minyan

Strangers say kaddish for woman with no family after urgent appeal for minyan


More than 15 people said kaddish for a Jewish woman with no known relatives on Friday just hours after United Synagogue’s urgent social media appeal.

Strangers gathered at Waltham Abbey cemetery in Epping Forest at 11pm to answer the call for a minyan to give Gloria Starr a proper send off.

“We were able to give Gloria Starr z’l, the dignified Jewish burial she deserved,” the synagogue movement said on Twitter.

“It was a humbling experience and showcased the Jewish community at its best: supporting each other. Shabbat shalom,” US added.

Gloria, who was in her seventies, died in hospital in August, but with no known living relatives to contact, her remains were kept in a morgue for two months.

Graham, Gloria Starr’s colleague with Rabbi Ari Cohen

But US hospital chaplain Rabbi Ari Cohen, together with the London Beth Din, were able to confirm that Starr was Jewish by tracking down records.

The service was held by Rabbi Stanley Coten of Ruislip shul, head of the US hospital chaplaincy service, and funeral costs were covered by US.

Among those attending was Graham, identified only by his first name, a former colleague of Gloria’s and the only person to know her personally, who flew down from Scotland to attend the funeral.

Meanwhile, CNN journalist James Masters, was among the strangers to pay tribute to Gloria after urging his followers to attend.

“She sounded like a remarkable lady. Thank you to all. May her memory be a blessing,” he later tweeted.


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