Mother’s Day concert to help fund cemetery seat repair

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Pondering, a common activity when visiting cemeteries, often is best accomplished while sitting — and the seating at Home of Eternity Cemetery/Beit Olam in Oakland is in serious need of refurbishing.

Home of Eternity Holocaust memorial

“A lot of our seating is falling apart,” said cemetery administrator Robin Reiner. “We have 20 folding chairs, but only 10 are safe to sit on. Also, one of our two benches near the Holocaust Survivors’ Memorial was vandalized. We need to get it recovered and add additional benches. And let’s just say our two orange sofas are original midcentury pieces.”

Reiner’s solution is to raise funds by selling seats to “Musica Et Mortem,” a concert by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars Quartet. Featuring works by Ravel and Mendelssohn, it will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on May 8 in the 150-year-old cemetery at 5000 Piedmont Ave., inside the gates of Mountain View Cemetery.

Reservations are required for the Mother’s Day concert. To reserve a ticket, send an email to [email protected] or call (510) 325-7073.

“This concert will honor Jewish moms everywhere, especially those at our cemetery,” Reiner said. “At intermission, we’ll talk a little about the mothers of famous people here. Rabbi Judah Magnes’ mother is here, as are Gertrude Stein’s parents, and the mothers — and fathers — of all the leading Jewish businessmen in Oakland from the mid-19th century.”