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CEMETERY GUIDELINES REVIEWED 11/2009

Congregation Beth Israel owns Hebrew Rest Cemetery at the corner of Brownlee and Laredo Streets and controls the practices and procedures in two sections of the Seaside Memorial Park on Ocean Drive.  Each of these cemetery properties follows its own set of religious practices.   A Committee of the congregation is charged with the oversight of these cemeteries and with making periodic recommendations to the Board for the updating of the guidelines that cover the use of our cemeteries.  In November 2009, the Board of CBI acted on several recommendations.

First, we have revised the guidelines concerning eligibility for funeral services.  A current member may be interred in the cemetery without any special fee.  If someone is a resident of Corpus Christi, but is not currently affiliated as a member of the congregation, there is a one-time fee of $2,500.00.  If someone lives more than fifty (50) miles from Corpus Christi and wishes to be interred in one of our cemeteries, the fee is $1,000.00.

Second, the rabbi of CBI is in charge of all ritual matters concerning the cemeteries.  If the rabbi is not available at the time of need, the President of the Congregation and/or the Chair of the Cemetery Committee is responsible for providing a suitable substitute.  All funeral services and officiants must be Jewish.

Third, memorial markers may be ordered from any vendor.  However, there is a structured process for the approval of lettering and art work, both to maintain the Jewish character of the cemeteries and to assure that spelling of names and dates is correct.  No stone may be placed without the written concurrence of the chair of the Cemetery Committee and the Rabbi.

For your convenience, a complete copy of the Cemetery Guidelines is available at the CBI Office and on-line by clicking on the link at the end of this article. In future months, we shall also post a copy of a booklet describing Jewish funeral and mourning practices (as accepted by CBI).  Should you, in the meantime, have any questions, please address them to the Rabbi who will be glad to counsel with you.

As always, we urge members of the congregation to consider meeting with the staff at Seaside and making funeral arrangements before the time of need.  Nothing you can do is a greater kindness for your survivors than to spare them the need to go to the funeral home shortly after the death of a loved one and engage in this very difficult discussion.

The following cemetery documents are available for download (click to view):