Adath Chesed Shel Emes Cemetery
This is the cemetery of Adath Jeshurun Congregation. Anyone who is Jewish may be buried here. Adath has a rich history of ensuring all Jewish people receive a dignified, proper burial no matter their circumstances. Our beautiful, well landscaped and maintained grounds are a source of comfort to our families as they visit loved ones.
Our Cemetery was incorporated on January 8, 1924 as the Chesed Shel Emes Free Burial Society for the Poor, Inc. The first officers of the corporation were J.Shapiro, V. Finkelstein, A. Weisman and S. Tolchinsky. They are are buried in the Cemetery that they helped create and led.
In February, 1967 the Cemetery combined with Herzl Memorial Park. In June, 1977 the Cemetery combined with Workmen’s Circle Cemetery Association. Despite the recent merger, the Cemetery leadership recognized a need to affiliate with a congregation and on August 24, 1981 a merger agreement with Adath Jeshurun Congregation was signed and the name of the Cemetery was changed to Adath Chesed Shel Emes Cemetery.
No history of the Cemetery can be complete without mentioning the decades of dedicated service by Samuel Bearmon. Sam led the Cemetery for many years, as well as, providing legal advice. He emphasized the need to beautify and maintain the Cemetery grounds. Today, the Cemetery maintains a beautification fund in his honor.
The Cemetery continues its commitment to provide a burial place for all members of the Jewish community, regardless of need. A recent gift by Robert Reznick has assured the Cemetery’s ability to provide indigent interments. In the last few years, the Cemetery has developed new burial areas, including a family estate area. Plans are under way for a ‘green’ burial area, as well. The Cemetery Board of Trustees is continually striving to beautify and maintain the property so as it will always be a ‘Garden of Cherished Memories’.
Our Cemetery, Adath Chesed Shel Emes Cemetery, and Board serve the congregation by providing places of burial as well as burial services, both at need and pre-need; providing maintenance and upkeep of the property; organizing communal services for Memorial Day and a Kever Avot service at the High Holidays; and planning for the Cemetery’s development and beautification; establishing Rules and Regulations to ensure that property will remain a dignified place for future generations.
Adath continues to make our Cemetery a place of restful contemplation and an attractive area to pay our respects to our departed loved ones. The Board of Trustees will always base all actions on the founding principle of the Cemetery which is embodied in our name, “Adath Chesed Shel Emes,” deeds of loving-kindness.
The Cemetery is always looking for ways to beautify and maintain the grounds and memorials. We have started an enhanced and on-going program to ensure that all memorials are straightened and placed on properly-installed foundations. The plantings and landscaping are cared for with an eye to beauty and permanence.
In the interests of serving the Adath Jeshurun Congregation and the entire Twin Cities Jewish community, we are exploring, with the guidance of the Adath Jeshurun clergy, plans for ‘special’ interment areas, such as interfaith and green sections.
The Cemetery Board of Trustees is continuing to develop additional areas and when the opportunity presents itself, will look into building a chapel and offices in a previously selected section of the Cemetery.
The Board of Trustees welcomes ideas and suggestions on how to continue to make our Cemetery a Garden of Cherished Memories.
This is beautiful and complete flowerbed service that gives peace and comfort to the many families who subscribe. All the work is done; watering, fertilizing, weeding and replacing the dead plants ensuring the flowerbeds are bright and fresh whenever you visit. You will be pleased to honor the memory of your loved ones so beautifully.
Matsayva Flowerbeds are a semicircular arrangement of Scarlet Sage behind a row of yellow Marigolds and pink Begonias. All are placed at a monument base in a bed of mulch and protected by a heavy vinyl edging. The flowers are planted in May and tended all summer long. The flowers look bright and fresh for the High Holy Days and our Kever Avot Service.
Single size flowerbeds measure about one foot deep by the width of a single monument and the double monument size flowerbeds measure about one foot deep by four feet wide. Charges for each installation are for the current season only and the cost of the flowerbeds is not tax deductible. Flowerbeds are not appropriate during the mourning period and require a monument at the grave.