“We had been with a particular web hosting company, and they said they were getting out of the business,” said Michael Morris, the manager of the cemeteries on Penn. The sites were shut down in early September.
Morris is working with a web designer to redo the cemetery sites on a new site host with new domains, which are likely to be unitedhebrewbrotherhood.org and minneapolisjewishcemeteries.org. Previously the sites had a .com address.
The new sites should be available in the next few weeks, with Morris aiming to have them done sometime in October. He isn’t worried about the cemeteries being offline for a while.
“For 120 years, cemeteries didn’t have a website,” Morris said. “So it’ll be without a website for another month.”
The cemetery visiting hours haven’t changed — Sun-Fri from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for Jewish holidays — and Morris offered his email ([email protected]) along with senior associate Yehuda Polter’s email ([email protected]) to be published in this story for anyone who needs to get in touch about specific details regarding the cemeteries.
A version of both cemetery sites from this spring was saved online on The Wayback Machine, an initiative of the nonprofit Internet Archive, a digital archive of the internet that preserves websites for researchers, journalists, and public curiosity.