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Parallel Cemetery Services

Past Sessions
Sunday, September 12, 2021 6 Tishrei 5782 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 PM - Forest Lawn
Sunday, September 12, 2021 6 Tishrei 5782 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM - B’nai Shalom Cemetery at Greenwood Memorial Gardens

Both Services will be held outside; even so, masks are required. Thank you for your cooporation.

Even when our loved ones are no longer on this earth, the need to connect with and honor them lives on. One way we can express that need is by participating in the annual practice of Kever Avot v’lmahot (literally, the graves of our ancestors). As we look to the future and the onset of a new year, we acknowledge the past and our debt to it, especially to those special people who helped mold our lives; who helped make us who we are. Whether your loved ones are buried with us or far away, all are welcome at either of the Richmond Beth-El Cemeteries.

Rabbi Knopf will lead one service while Cantor Rosenblatt leads the other.

Interfaith Expansion Update

The two-plus acres for the New Section at Richmond Beth-El Cemetery, which will allow for the internment of a non-Jewish spouse or partner to be buried directly next to their Jewish spouse or partner, as well as the traditional burial of a Jewish couple, has been cleared. 

What will you see when you visit the Cemetery? Phase 1 has been completed. The new area has been cleared, and we were able to save some lovely trees to add to the planned landscaping. The road connecting this New Section to the adjacent original Cemetery is waiting for asphalt and sidewalks are in place. Phase 2 is underway. It includes finishing off meditation areas, putting in a water supply and irrigation, and the planting of extensive landscaping. 

We are looking forward to inviting the Jewish Community to a Consecration of the New Section upon the completion of Phase 2. This should take place early in October after the High Holidays. 

Questions?  Please contact Bette Rose Webne, Administrator of the Cemetery Corporation at or her home phone (after 10am), 804-270-3430. 

We wish you and your family a healthy and Happy New Year.
L’ Shana Tova!

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