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Richmond Beth-El Cemetery Consecration of Interfaith Section

Sunday, October 31, 2021 25 Cheshvan 5782

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMForest Lawn

The Officers and Directors of Richmond Beth-El Cemetery Company
Cordially Invite You to this important occasion!

In May 1936 a group of visionaries purchased two acres of land on the corner of one of the entrances to Forest Lawn Cemetery in Henrico County for the purpose of establishing a Cemetery that would serve the Richmond Jewish community.  It would be open to all Jews whether the person was affiliated with a Synagogue or not and would follow the rituals of a traditional Jewish burial. The Cemetery Company received its SCC Charter in June 1936 and was named “Richmond Beth-El Cemetery Company, Incorporated”. In November 1936 the land was consecrated as a burial ground for traditional Jewish burial only. In 1950 the Corporation purchased two more acres in back of the original parcel and in 1958 two more acres were purchased. The Cemetery is now in its 85th year.

The Corporation purchased additional acreage in both 2013 and 2018 adjacent to the original six acres. The Directors, considering the growing need for a Jewish Cemetery that would allow for the interment of a non-Jewish spouse or non-Jewish partner to be buried directly next to their Jewish spouse or Jewish partner, moved forward with this vision. The New Section will also continue to offer to the Richmond Jewish community a place for traditional Jewish burial. The expansion began in Spring 2021 and the land is now ready to be consecrated.

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

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