Our cemeteries are located in Hartford and in Avon.
Congregation Beth Israel in Avon
27 Jackson Street
Avon CT 06001
Albany Avenue (Route 44 West), left onto Old Farms Road, right onto Arch Road, left onto Jackson Steet; at end of street continue straight into woods bearing right.
Congregation Beth Israel in Hartford
119 Affleck Street
Hartford CT 06106
Prospect Avenue South; left onto Park Road; right onto Zion Street; left onto Ward Street; right onto Affleck Street. Cemetery on right.
The Weinstein Mortuary lists directions to all Greater Hartford area cemeteries.
1.01 For purposes herein, the term the “Congregation” shall mean Congregation Beth Israel which has its principal place of worship located at 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06119.
1.02 For purposes herein, the term “the Cemeteries” refers to the two cemeteries owned by the Congregation, one of which is on Affleck Street in Hartford, CT and the other of which is on Jackson Street, in Avon, CT.
1.03 For purposes herein, the term “plot” shall mean a section of the cemetery consisting of two (2) or more graves.
1.04 For purposes herein, the term “owner/member” shall mean the a member of the Congregation who holds title to a grave or plot upon purchase of the grave or plot from the Congregation.
1.05 For purposes herein, the term “perpetual care” shall mean the care and maintenance provided to the Cemeteries by the Congregation which maintenance includes, but is not limited to, snow removal, lawn care, trash removal and general upkeep of grave markers.
1.06 For purposes herein, the term “cremains” shall mean the cremated remains, ashes, of a human body.
1.07 For purposes herein, the term “interment fees” shall mean the fee charged by theCongregation to permit the opening and closing of a grave to be used for the interment of a casket or cremains.
SERVICES AND MANAGEMENT OF THE CEMETERIES
2.01 The management of the Cemetery shall be under the control of the Board of Trustees of the Congregation. A Committee to be known as the Cemetery Committee, at least one of whose members shall be a Trustee, shall be appointed annually by the President of the Congregation. The Chair of the Cemetery Committee shall be appointed annually by the President of the Congregation. It shall be the duty of the Cemetery Committee to supervise the affairs of the Cemeteries and to enforce and interpret the Regulations governing the Cemeteries, subject to the direction and control of the Board of Trustees.
2.02 All religious services at the Cemeteries shall be conducted in accordance with the customs and traditions of the Congregation.
2.03 Only the Rabbis of the Congregation may officiate at services in the Cemeteries. However, another ordained Rabbi, who is not affiliated with the Congregation, or a layperson may officiate at a service in the Cemeteries provided that permission to perform such ceremony is authorized by a Rabbi of the Congregation or is approved by the Cemetery Committee, in the absence of the Rabbis, in advance of such service, after consultation with the family of the deceased.
2.04 The cost of graves, perpetual care, services rendered, material supplied, assessments,taxes (if any), mausoleum sites, yearly maintenance, interments and any other cost or charge shall be in accordance with a schedule adopted from time to timeby the Cemetery Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees.
2.05 The Administrator of the Congregation shall keep a map and a record of all deeds,transfers of all graves, plots, interments and entombments. The records shall reflect the name, age and date of death of each deceased and the location of the grave.
USE OF THE CEMETERIES
3.01 Only dues paying members of Congregation Beth Israel who are current with their duesmay purchase burial graves in the Cemeteries.
3.02 Interment shall be available to the owner/member of the Congregation, his or her spouse, domestic partner, children, grandchildren, parents, brothers and sisters. The Cemetery Committee, in its discretion, may grant permission to the grave/plot owner to inter other members of his/her extended family.
3.03 Interment of a member of the owner’s family shall not be restricted by reason of the religious faith of the person interred. However, it is noted that no religious symbol or symbols, other than those related to Judaism, shall be displayed at the Cemeteries, see Article 9.04 below.
3.04 Each grave shall only hold the remains of one person.
3.05 Any controversy as to ownership or the right of interment shall be resolved by the Cemetery Committee. Its decision shall be final and binding on all interested parties.
4.01 The size of a grave shall be approximately ten (10) feet by three (3) feet.
4.02 All graves shall be six (6) feet deep; and they shall be located at least six inches within the boundaries of the plot.
4.03 Deeds of conveyance shall grant to the purchaser only the right of interment or the use of the graves for burial purposes and shall be at such price as the Cemetery Committee shall recommend and the Board of Trustees shall adopt.
4.04 The Congregation shall not issue a deed to any grave or plot until the Congregation has been paid in full for said grave or plot. It is mandatory that the purchaser pay for the grave(s) within 30 days of its selection or use. The arrangement to pay for a grave or plot in installments is strictly prohibited.
4.05 The funeral director, retained by the family to inter the casket, urn or ashes, shall make the necessary preparations for such interment and use only contractors approved by the Cemetery Committee.
4.06 Vaults in tombs/mausoleums are to be opened and closed at the owner’s risk without liability to the Congregation.
4.07 Bills for interment charges and services rendered by the Congregation shall be payable to the Congregation.
4.08 All graves are subject to the Cemetery Regulations now in force, and such Regulations as may from time to time be lawfully adopted in accordance with the By-Laws of the Congregation.
5.01 Cremains may be interred in the Cemeteries.
5.02 Interments of caskets shall be made by entombing the casket in a metal or concrete vault. Interments of cremains/ashes shall be made by entombing the cremains/ashes in a concrete vault.
5.03 There shall be a charge for the interment of all caskets, urns or ashes at such price as the Cemetery Committee shall recommend and the Board of Trustees shall adopt.
5.04 Prior to a casket, urn or ashes of a non-member being interred, all fees due the Congregation for such interment (“interment fee”) shall be paid in advance in full.
PERPETUAL MAINTENANCE OF GRAVES AND FEES RELATED THERETO
6.01 The deed for each grave conveyed by the Congregation shall contain a provision which states that the Congregation shall provide perpetual care for each such grave or plot so conveyed.
6.02 The price for each grave or plot and perpetual care shall be determined by theCongregation Board of Trustees upon recommendation by the Cemetery Committee such cost as the Cemetery Committee shall recommend and the Board of Trustees shall adopt.
6.03 The deed to transfer a grave from the Congregation shall be substantially in the same form as the Cemetery Plot Deed attached hereto as Exhibit 1.
7.01 No tree, hedge, bush, shrub or plant (except grass) may be planted on any land in the Cemeteries without the express written consent of the Cemetery Committee. If the owner/member receives permission to plant a tree, hedge, bush or shrub, then the owner/member shall be responsible for the care and maintenance for such plantings.
7.02 All landscaping, grading, sodding, fertilizing or resodding of graves and planting or other improvement, not otherwise provided by the Congregation as perpetual care, may be performed by individuals, contractors or entities paid for by the owner/member and approved in writing by the Cemetery Committee.
7.03 No mounds may be raised on any grave or plot.
7.04 No decorative items, tools or containers, including but not limited to artificial plants and/or flowers, planters containing dead flowers, bird baths, sculptures, statuary or lawn ornaments, may be displayed on or around any grave or plot. Cut flowers and potted plants may be displayed on any grave or plot. However,when such flowers or potted plants die they may not be displayed on or around any grave or plot. In the event any such item is displayed, such item and/or items will be removed without notice to the owner/member.
TRANSFER OF PLOTS/GRAVES
8.01 The Congregation will accept the return of any unused grave or plot. The transfer and return of such unused grave or plot shall not obligate the Congregation to pay the transferor any fees, expenses or costs. Such transfer of the grave or plot to the Congregation shall be a charitable gift by the owner/member to the Congregation.
8.02 No transfer of ownership of any grave or plot, other than such transfer noted in Article 8.01 above, shall be valid without the consent of the Cemetery Committee.
MONUMENTS, GRAVESTONES AND MARKERS
9.01 All graves must have a permanent marker of some type. When no provision has been made for such a marker within a reasonable time, the Cemetery Committee may provide a marker of its choice for which a charge shall be made to the owner/member.
9.02 No grave or plot shall be defined by a fence, railing, coping, hedge, tree, shrub, or embankment.
9.03 The owner/member of the plot shall have the right to erect a monument, and/or markers and/or headstones whose construction, design and inscription shall be subject to the approval of the Cemetery Committee.
9.04 Headstones shall only state the family name as designated by the owner/member and may contain a Jewish religious symbol as described in Article 9.05 below.
9.05 Only Jewish religious symbols may be displayed on any tombstone, headstone, gravestone or foot-marker. No other religious or secular symbols may be so displayed.
9.06 Shape/size of headstones:
a. The maximum height shall be four feet six inches (“4′ 6″) above grade. However,it is suggested that the headstone shall be no more than four feet (4′) above grade.
b. The width and depth of the base used for a headstones shall be based on the number of graves contained within each plot:
I. For a single grave: single graves which are not otherwise a part of a plot may be marked by a headstone not to exceed two feet four inches (2′ 4″) in width and one foot four inches (1′ 4″) in thickness.
ii. For a double grave plot: two graves which are not otherwise a part of a plot may be marked by a headstone not to exceed four feetsix inches (4′ 6″) in width and one foot four inches (1′ 4″) in thickness.
iii. For a triple grave plot: three graves which are not otherwise a part of a plot may be marked by a headstone not to exceed four feet no inches (4′ 0″) in width and one foot four inches (1′ 4″) in thickness.
iv. For a quadruple grave plot: four graves which are not otherwise a part of a plot may be marked by a headstone not to exceed five feet six inches (5′ 6″) in width and one foot four inches (1′ 4″) in thickness.
v. For a sextuple grave plot: six graves which are not otherwise a part of a plot may be marked by a headstone not to exceed seven feet no inches (7′ 0″) in width and one foot six inches (1′ 6″) in thickness.
c. The size of the die (headstone) placed on the base for such headstone shall be in proportion to the size of the base. But, in no event shall such headstone be more than four feet six inches (“4′ 6″) above grade, see Article 9.06.a. above.
a. Each grave which has been used for interment shall identify the deceased whose remains/cremains are so interred with a foot-marker.
b. Each foot-marker shall be no more than twelve inches (12″) wide, no more that twenty four inches (24″) long, no more than four inches (4″) in depth and installed flush with the ground.
c. Each foot-marker may contain such personal information that the owner/member desires, subject to the approval of the Cemetery Committee.
9.08 All steps erected upon graves or plots shall be made of one block of stone and be in one piece, set upon a foundation four feet, six inches (4′ 6″) in depth from the surface of the grade and subject to the approval of the Cemetery Committee.
9.09 No headstones, monuments or foot-markers shall be placed or erected at any grave or plot unless all related cemetery expenses due the Congregation are paid in full. Such related cemetery expenses include fees and/or charges for the plot or grave, fees and charges for interment and/or fees and charges for preparation of the plot or grave to have a monument or foot-marker installed. In addition, no headstones, monuments or foot-markers shall be placed or erected at any grave
or plot unless all outstanding membership dues arrearages due the Congregation by the owner/member of the Congregation are paid in full.
9.10 Only the caretaker of the cemetery designated by the Cemetery Committee shall be authorized and responsible for installing the foundations for a headstone. The cost for such foundation work shall be billed to the monument dealer.
10.01 Mausoleums may only be erected in the sections of the Cemeteries reserved for that purpose.
10.02 Mausoleum plots shall be sold and mausoleums erected thereon subject to the termsand conditions set forth in the remainder of this Article.
10.03 No mausoleum or other structure shall be erected upon such a plot unless plans andspecifications for the building shall first be approved by the Cemetery Committeeand the Board of Trustees.
10.04 Members of the Congregation may purchase plots for mausoleum sites only if perpetualcare is funded simultaneously. Any owner contemplating the erection of a mausoleum shall accompany the application for permission to build with a sum of money to create a fund for the perpetual care of the structure in an amount determined by the Cemetery Committee subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees. In addition to the sum to be paid to the Congregation, there shall also be paid the cost of grading, trimming and seeding the plot before and after the erection of the building, the cost of preparing the plot for the erection of the building, and the cost of all permits and applications.
10.05 No trees may be removed from any plot without the written consent of the Cemetery Committee nor may any part of the plot not occupied by the building be used, ornamented or maintained except as approved by the Cemetery Committee.
10.06 The grounds of a mausoleum plot shall be maintained in manner and condition satisfactory to the Cemetery Committee.
RESTRICTED FUNERAL AND WORKING DAYS
11.01 No funerals or work in the Cemeteries shall be performed on Saturdays or on anyJewish Festival or Holy Day.
SUPERSESSION AND EFFECTIVE DATE
12.01 These regulations supersede any previously in effect and are effective as of adoption.
Approved and adopted this 18th day of July, 2006 by the Board of Trustees.
CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL
BY: Scott F. Lewis