Cemetery opened to interfaith burial
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.”