Jewish Cemeteries Open to All
When a Jewish community begins in a new part of the world, our foundational institutions include worship, education, a mikvah (ritual bath) and a cemetery. Jewish Cemeteries of San Francisco (JCSF) is an organization that formed during recent years to oversee three Jewish cemeteries, including Salem Memorial Park, Home of Peace Cemetery, and Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, all located in Colma.
Our B’nai Emunah section is at Salem Memorial Park in the proximity of Congregation Ner Tamid (Conservative) and Chevra Tehilim (Orthodox). Our joint section is filled with graves and reserved sections, so JCSF is creating a new section to provide for burial and the interring of cremated remains for Jewish and non-Jewish members of Jewish families of all genders.
As many of us know, cremation is frowned upon by some in the Jewish community for reasons of halacha (Jewish law). For this reason, an Orthodox section is also being prepared that will allow for the burial of Jews only and will not allow the interring of cremated remains.
Jewish Cemeteries of San Francisco may be reached at 650-755-4700.
Sinai Memorial Chapel (SMC) maintains Home of Peace, a cemetery that is adjacent to Salem Memorial Park. Home of Peace provides burial and the interring of cremated remains for those wishing to make arrangements there as well as for those not able to afford the other Jewish cemeteries.
Sinai Memorial Chapel may be reached at 415-921-3636.
Jewish Mortuary Open to All
Sinai Memorial Chapel (SMC) at Divisadero and Geary in San Francisco provides for everyone in the Jewish community, including tahara (ritual washing), holding a funeral in one of its chapels at Divisadero and Geary, transporting the deceased to the cemetery for burial or interment, providing shiva candles and a memorial guest book and grief counseling.
To make arrangements in advance of need or at time of need, please contact Sinai Memorial Chapel at 415-921-3636.
Mourning Infertility and Pregnancy Loss
Sinai Memorial Chapel and Jewish Cemeteries of San Francisco are working in concert to construct The Memorial Garden at Home of Peace. The Memorial Garden will be a sacred outdoor space for mothers, fathers, family members, friends facing infertility and pregnancy. The space promises to be open to everyone in the community.
The Memory Garden is in the fundraising stage and has already received grants from the Koret Foundation, the Jewish Community Federation’s Innovation Fund and individuals and families. For information, please see http://sinaichapel.org/tools-resources/memory-garden.aspx.
Holocaust Memorial Day Observance
Sunday, April 28, 3:00 pm
Salem Memorial Park
1171 El Camino Real, Colma
Our annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial observance will take place at Salem Memorial Park. Join us as we remember Victims and Survivors of the Holocaust with stories, prayers and readings. The Memorial will conclude with a visit to the B’nai Emunah Holocaust Monument and visiting the graves of friends and loved ones.
Followed by refreshments at the home of Ray and Evelyne Kende in Daly City.
B’nai Emunah Holocaust Memorial Monument
Our B’nai Emunah Holocaust Monument is a dignified memorial to the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. The monument is adorned on two sides with the names of loved ones and entire families. Atop the monument is the remnant of a ner tamid (eternal light) from a pre-Holocaust synagogue in Berlin. The ner tamid was donated by Max Drimmer, of blessed memory.
If you wish to add the names of individuals or families lost or persecuted during the Holocaust, please contact Rabbi Pam at 415-664-7373.