Richmond Jewish Cemetery was created to provide the greater Jewish population of Richmond and their families a beautiful place to ensure proper Jewish burial in accordance with Jewish law while allowing family members who are both Jewish and non-Jewish to be buried close to one another. It is open to the entire community regardless of affiliation or level of observance.
what is Jewish burial?
Jewish burial consists of three critical components:
The human being is composed of heaven and earth – a soul and body. When it comes time for them to separate, each must return to its primordial source, the soul to heaven and the body to the earth.
Just as special prayers are recited to prepare the soul for its return above, so too, the body is carefully prepared for its return to the earth. This is the job of the Chevrah Kaddisha.
As soon as possible, the body must then be returned to the earth, in a way that allows for the natural process of re-integration with the soil of which it was formed. Cremation and embalming are strictly forbidden. A traditional Jewish burial avoids using a steel or concrete liner which separates the casket from the ground
The Jewish people are a family. A Jewish designated cemetery ensures that every member of our family is together, forever. Burial outside a Jewish cemetery suggests rejection of one's family and heritage and is considered disrespectful to the deceased.
why should you purchase a plot during your lifetime?
It is an ancient Jewish custom established by our forefathers to purchase a gravesite during ones lifetime and to own it outright prior to burial.
Having a plot and burial plans in place, greatly assists your family and loved ones in their moment of grief. It enables them to quickly and calmly fulfill this final act of kindness, and ensures that your own wishes for a proper Jewish Burial are carried out in full.
Additionally, it is a Mitzvah (Bibilical commandment) to bury the deceased immediately after passing. Our sages state that the soul is in turmoil and cannot find rest until the body is properly buried in the ground.
why choose richmond jewish cemetery?
Richmond Jewish Cemetery preserves the traditions of our heritage while serving today's modern Jewish community.
From its inception, RJC was designed in a manner to allow interfaith family members to be buried close to each other in a respectful and beautiful setting. The architecture and landscaping were specially crafted to abide by Jewish law while providing proper respect and burial for all people.
Each grave site will feature an upright tombstone, a tradition dating back to our forefathers who purchased plots and marked them with upright stones so that they could easily be seen and recognized by future generations. Tombstones will all be of a similar size symbolizing the unity and equality of our people.
Additionally, the liners used at RJC are specially designed so that the casket may be placed directly in the ground, facilitating the body’s return to the earth.
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