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Funeral Arrangements and Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you need to make funeral arrangements you may call or text Rev. Zachary Edinger at anytime day or night: 917-584-3787.

 

Only graveside burials are being performed at this time.  Funeral services or other memorial gatherings are not permitted.  The usual preparations of the deceased for burial are being curtailed and severely abbreviated.

The number of people who will be permitted to attend the burial is also severely limited at this time.  Special procedures and distancing measures are in place at our cemetery to protect attendees and cemetery employees.  The chapel at Beth Olam cemetery will not be used. 

Shib`ah is being observed without any in person visitation.  Wherever possible, video and teleconferencing is encouraged to provide some comfort for the mourners.  

For specific questions about any of our policies or customs you may email zedinger@shearithisrael.org; for emergencies please call or text the number above.

 

** If someone passes away on Yom Tobin order to prevent any unseemly delay or disrespect for the deceased it is permitted to call a funeral home and the sexton on Yom Tob.  Rev. Edinger's phone will be on over the holiday if funeral arrangements are needed.  Burial arrangements are not made on Shabbat.

 

The policies listed above are temporary and subject to change at any time.

Commemorative Synagogue Plates

Plates depicting Shearith Israel's five historic synagogue buildings as well the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI.

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Chatham Square Cemetery

The oldest of our extant cemeteries is known as the Chatham Square Cemetery.  It is located in Chinatown at 55 St. James Place.  The land was originally purchased in 1682 by Joseph Bueno de Mesquita. 

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