Jewish Burial Options in NJ
At Memorial Properties, we recognize and understand the importance of honoring religious traditions when a death occurs. There are a number of customs and beliefs that are followed by those of the Jewish faith following a death, and we want to ensure that each family that works with Memorial Properties has convenient access to a burial and funeral service that follows the right customs. Our burial programs include Jewish burials, and can be customized to fit the unique needs of your family.
Jewish Funeral Services in New Jersey
Judaism does not specifically define a life after death, with the Jewish philosophy more focused on embracing life and accepting that death is inevitable. The Jewish faith includes the belief that judgement by God occurs after death, and that living a positive life will prepare the individual for what is to come. Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform Jewish funeral traditions can vary.
Jewish funeral traditions begin with the deceased being buried as soon as possible following their death. The funeral usually takes place within one day of the death, with services to follow at the home of loved ones. Burials may be delayed to allow for the proper arrangements to be made. The funeral is meant to be a private time for family and loved ones, and there is no public viewing of the deceased during the funeral. The deceased is buried in a plain wooden casket, often made of pine. Jewish burial caskets do not contain any metal – the desire is for the deceased to return to the earth, based on the passage from Genesis 3:19, “for you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”
A Jewish funeral service can take place at a synagogue, a funeral home, or at the gravesite itself. The service is conducted by a rabbi, and includes a eulogy, prayers, psalms, and hymns. At the gravesite, the family members often place dirt over the coffin before it is buried, symbolizing their acceptance of death. Although difficult, the act of family members assisting with the burial is thought to provide closure and begin the grieving process. After the burial is complete, a seven-day mourning period begins, called Shiva. During this time, the immediate family remains in their home, prayers are recited, and traditional mourning practices are followed. Normal daily routines are broken to symbolize the impact of a death on the lives of loved ones. Extended family, friends, and members of the community may visit the home during this time to pay their respects and support the bereaved.
Jewish Burials at Memorial Properties
As far as burial practices, Jewish tradition tends to lean towards in-ground burial. Although in-ground burial is the most traditional Jewish burial option, above-ground burial (or entombment) in a mausoleum is also common. Orthodox and Conservative Jewish burial traditions prohibit cremation as a burial method, while the Reform movement has differing views on the use of cremation.
At Memorial Properties, we are home to ten cemetery and mausoleum locations throughout New Jersey, where loved ones can be put to rest according to their wishes in a peaceful and serene environment. Our services include in-ground burial, above-ground burial, and cremation, with side-by-side spaces available for loved ones, whether they are put to rest in a cemetery or mausoleum. We honor Jewish burial traditions at all of our locations in New Jersey, and our mausoleum at Frost Woods Memorial Park in East Brunswick features a peaceful, all-Jewish section called The Sanctuary of Abraham and Sarah.
We strive to ensure that all of our cemeteries and mausoleums in NJ are welcoming for those of all faiths and cultures, and are proud to help those of the Jewish faith with the burial and remembrance of those who have passed.
Planning a Jewish Funeral Service in NJ with Memorial Properties
Those in need of Jewish burial services in NJ are encouraged to contact us at Memorial Properties to learn more about all we can do for you. As a family-owned and operated company, we place a focus on providing the most compassionate burial services possible, always putting the wishes and needs of your family first. We also offer funeral pre-planning services, so that arrangements can be made early and the burden is taken off of loved ones in the future. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our burial services, as well as the spaces available in our cemeteries and mausoleums throughout New Jersey. Please call 732-820-0211 to learn more about how we can help you during this difficult time.