Ceme­tery opened to in­ter­faith burial

The Columbus Dispatch - - Faith&values -

Tifer­eth Is­rael, a lo­cal sy­n­a­gogue, has added an in­ter­faith sec­tion to its lo­cal ceme­tery.

The ceme­tery, on Per­for­mance Park­way, has tra­di­tion­ally been open to Jewish mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion.

The de­ci­sion to open it to other faiths is a re­sult of a “grow­ing need” in the com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to Tifer­eth Is­rael, as many mem­bers’ spouses aren’t Jewish and want to be buried with their spouse.

“With guid­ance from our Re­li­gious Wel­fare and Ceme­tery com­mit­tees, we have de­vel­oped a burial sec­tion that re­spects Jewish stan­dards and tra­di­tions, yet al­lows the burial of Jews and non-Jews to­gether,” ac­cord­ing to an email from the con­gre­ga­tion. “We be­lieve this ad­di­tion meets the chal­lenge of bal­anc­ing the tra­di­tional re­quire­ments of Jewish burial with to­day’s de­mo­graphic re­al­ity of in­ter­faith fam­i­lies and the need to pro­vide com­fort for mourn­ers.”

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