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What Makes A Jewish Cemetery Jewish?

  • A Jewish cemetery has physical boundaries that set the cemetery off from its surroundings, making it holy for Jews.
  • A Jewish cemetery is considered consecrated ground where Jewish burial practices and customs are observed.
  • A Jewish cemetery is owned by the Jewish community whose rules and regulations are governed by a duly authorized Board of Directors for Jewish cemetery purposes.
  • Only Jewish symbols are permitted on a Jewish cemetery.
  • Only Jewish clergy or lay people may officiate at a burial service or any other religious service on a Jewish cemetery.
  • Perpetual care funds are managed by and for the care of the Jewish cemetery.
  • The cemetery is closed on Shabbat and all Jewish holidays.

Just as synagogues preserve Jewish continuity in life, so do Jewish cemeteries preserve Jewish continuity in the afterlife.


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