ONLINEThe Jewish Cemetery in the United States: A Path Towards Americanization

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(Photo: iStock/Laura Caldwell)
(Photo: iStock/Laura Caldwell)

The evolution of cemetery history in the American Jewish community has been driven by two forces: changes in cemetery and burial practices in America, and the gradual acculturation of American Jews. These forces have exerted more influence than have either Jewish customs (minhag) or Jewish law (halakhah).

The first Jewish cemeteries in America followed a pattern of evolution similar to that in non-Jewish cemeteries. Backyard burials were replaced by colonial cemeteries which in turn were replaced by rural cemeteries and park cemeteries. When memorial parks became part of the American funerary landscape, they also became part of the Jewish funerary landscape.

Come learn about American Jewish cemeteries—the history, rites and rituals that have evolved over time—with Rabbi Segal.

Rabbi Joshua Segal is a member of TE and Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Betenu, Amherst, NH. Rabbi Segal is the author of many books on cemeteries, including “A Field Guide to Visiting a Jewish Cemetery.”

This program will be in-person and also available on livestream.

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