Located at 2926 Preston Highway (about ten minutes from the synagogue), the Adath Jeshurun Cemetery features lovely gardens and offers a place for remembrance and reflection.
The AJ Cemetery is open every day from 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. except Shabbat and Festivals. The current price of purchasing a gravesite is $3,125.00 which includes perpetual care. Burial fees are additional. Prices will increase on July 1, 2019. To purchase cemetery plots please contact Steve Evans, Assistant Cemetery Warden, at 451-6499.
AN ISSUE THAT WE WISH WE DID NOT HAVE TO TALK ABOUT
Adath Jeshurun, like most synagogues, enforces our cemetery policies in a uniform way. Consistency is the only way that we can be fair to our members who support our continued existence via their dues, time and love.
Any Jewish person may purchase a gravesite in the Adath Jeshurun Cemetery. The price of purchasing a gravesite (which includes perpetual care) is the same for members and non-members alike.
Burial (opening and closing) fees are charged according to membership status. Burial fees for non-members are charged at double the cost of a member’s burial.
How do we define a member vs. a non-member? If the deceased person’s name is on the AJ membership rolls at the time of death, the member burial fee is charged. If the deceased person’s name is not on the AJ membership rolls at the time of death, the non-member fee is charged.
This means that the estate of a relative, who is not an AJ member, even if they are an immediate family member, is charged the non-member fee. This also means that a person who has been a member for a long time but resigns prior to death has their estate charged a non-member burial fee.
Why do we bring this up? Many of us have elderly parents who have been AJ members for years. As they advance in age, sometimes they either no longer participate at the shul, or can no longer afford to pay full membership dues, so they resign. At the time of death, when their estates are charged for non-member burial fees, their survivors are often puzzled.
So what can you do to avoid paying non-member burial fees for your loved ones? Please encourage them to maintain their memberships at AJ. No one is ever turned away for inability to pay full dues – we will gladly work with our members to help them maintain their AJ memberships. For questions about AJ cemetery fees, Please contact Robin Silverman, Synagogue Administrator at 458-5359.