Madison Jewish community celebrates securing new sacred burial plots
MADISON, Wis. — The Jewish Burial Association of Madison secured new, sacred burial plots last month, ensuring traditional burial rites for the Madison Jewish community for decades to come.
The Beit Olamim Jewish section in Sunset Memory Gardens on the west side of Madison contains 1,272 new plots after they were purchased in February.
In the Jewish faith, founding burial sites has been important for thousands of years.
“You needed a place that was consecrated, a place that was appropriate for that burial. That’s why the creation of a Jewish cemetery is important to all of those communities and is important to communities these days, as well,” said Temple Beth El Rabbi Jonathan Biatch.
After Jewish plots in Madison’s Forest Hill Cemetery filled up, Madison Jewish leaders began a yearslong project to find a new location for burials.
The Jewish Burial Association of Madison said that they chose the west side location for its convenience and potential.
“We want people when they come here to visit the graves of their deceased family members to find it to be a peaceful place,” said Judith Blank, of JBAM.
According to Blank, the biggest priority at the cemetery is to beautify the area to ensure that the community embraces it.
“We tend to do things as a group. We like to be buried in community as we live in community,” she said.
JBAM expects that the plots should last the Madison Jewish community around 50 years.
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