Traditional Jewish Burial Gardens
You may select traditional Jewish burial gravesites in any of the serene, landscaped memorial gardens except those reserved for ecologically Green Burial and the stillbirths & infants gardens. The cost of an advance purchase is modest, and is payment in full. The advance purchased gravesite cost will not increase over time. Adath Jeshurun congregants are favored with an Adath member’s discount. All additional costs for; burial services, perpetual care and a burial vault, are deferred until the time of burial.
The traditional burial gardens allow the placement of an upright monument of your choice, and the cost of the monument foundation is included in your gravesites purchase. Your monument placement is not delayed, because the monument foundation is installed before you purchase the gravesites.
Shaded by a manicured hedge is the Family Estate Garden, designed for families to preserve their family heritage. If providing for future generations is essential, this is the memorial garden for you. A minimum of four gravesites must be purchased. A large monument foundation, customized for your family monument is included in your purchase. Your permanent family monument and lawn level flat markers that mark the individual gravesites is not included.
Permanent monuments are not provided, and may be selected from many independent vendors. There are a wide variety of monument styles placed in the memorial gardens to aid you in selecting a memorial.
The cemetery requires only that non-Jewish symbols not be engraved, that monuments are no wider than the gravesites, and in some areas, that monuments are no taller than 38 inches above ground. Burial vaults are required, and are purchased from your funeral director.
Green Burial Gardens
Return to our ancient roots. The Green Burial practices are our clean and simple return to the Earth from which we were formed. A plain pine box is common, a paperboard box is acceptable. Our focus returns to our tradition of honoring the life that graced ours, and aiding the soul’s ascent to heaven.
Non-essential, ecologically invasive trappings of burial are eliminated. The Earth heals…the memories remain. There are no lawns to be maintained, only native grasses and wild flowers. There is no concrete vault to support the dirt. Depressions are slight and fill naturally. There are no carved granite monuments and concrete foundations invading the meadow. Bio-diversity increases and pollinator habitat returns. *
At the entrance of the Green Burial Garden is a group of stately shared monuments overlooking the serene tall grass meadow. Memorials are engraved on the shared monuments sequentially, much like a Holocaust or veterans memorial. Gravesites are available to multi-faith spouses and children, and may be purchased at need or in advance. Advance purchases are paid in full. All additional costs for burial services and perpetual care are deferred until the time of burial. Interments are placed approximately sequentially and remain unmarked.
Green Burial has both ecological and economical advantages. Gravesites do not have the added cost of a monument foundation, the cost of a burial vault is eliminated, and the shared monument and engraving charges are modest. Adath Jeshurun congregants are favored with an Adath member’s discount.
Stillbirths & Infants Memorial Garden
The faith of young parents is strained by the tragedy of a stillbirth or the loss of a newborn infant. While a traditional burial is not required, the cemetery does its utmost to ease the torment. A special, sheltered garden is set aside for interment of these unfulfilled hopes and dreams. Gravesites are tiny to accommodate a stillbirth or infant up to 30 days old, and the cemetery charges are greatly reduced. The requirements for a monument foundation and burial vault are waived.
The Adath Jeshurun rabbinic staff and cemetery leadership are in the process of designing an annual Service of Comfort for the families who have suffered from this loss. The Stillbirth & Infants Memorial Garden will serve as the focus for this service and a monument will be placed as a memorial in the garden.