Interfaith burials – the Rabbi responds

Jewish Cemetery

Sunday February 18 2:00 pm Congregation Emanu-El — Over the past decade and more, there have been both formal and informal discussions about the possibility of creating a section of our cemetery for the burial of non-Jewish partners of members.

We had an open meeting in November when the Rabbi provided attendees with a range of rabbinic interpretations about the related issues surrounding such a change to our cemetery. Now that we have had a chance to review that material, Rabbi Harry will provide his formal rabbinic response to the the question of the creation of a section in the Emanu-El cemetery for interfaith burials in the upcoming meeting.

Dr. Richard Kool, Director, Congregation Emanu-El Cemetery

Yom Iyun: Jewish cemeteries & the burial of non-Jews

Jewish Cemetery

Sunday, October 29, 2 – 4 pm: In an era where there are many multi-faith marriages, Congregation Emanuel has arranged for a Yom Iyun (day of learning) focused on the halakhah (Jewish jurisprudence) applicable to the burial of non-Jews in Jewish cemeteries. Continue reading Yom Iyun: Jewish cemeteries & the burial of non-Jews

Presentations on the cemetery

Sunday,
June 19 @ 3:00 pm

In May, Dr. Erin McGuire (UVic Anthropology) and the
students from the Historical and Heritage Archaeology course continued last
year’s cemetery project. Students worked to photograph, record, and map
monuments within the cemetery. 

Dr. McGuire and her students would like to
invite members of the Congregation Emanu-El to join them to share some of the
research that they have been conducting over the last two years. Projects
include conservation studies, biographical research, and photographic
reconstruction of lost grave inscriptions on some of the oldest monuments. 

We
hope that you will join us at the Synagogue on Sunday, June 19, at 3pm for an
hour of conversation and display.