When a death occurs the family should contact us on 01553 849849 if this occurs during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 5 pm) and they will contact a member of the burials committee to start liaison.
If a death occurs outside office hours, the family, if they wish, may contact JJBS on 0208 989 5252 to report the death so that undertakers can be instructed and JJBS will also try to contact a member of the burials committee, but the family are also advised to contact Beth Shalom administrators when the office next opens.
This new procedure will replace the previous 0845 telephone number, which has been discontinued.
All members of Beth Shalom contribute to the Joint Jewish Burial Society (JJBS). The cost for this is shown on the membership invoice as a separate item. The JJBS is the burial society for Movement for Reform Judaism member synagogues, and transfer between member synagogues of JJBS is permitted.
JJBS membership covers the cost of the plot, undertaking, Tahara, and funeral costs at the Western Cemetery in Cheshunt, or at the Woodland Cemetery in Cheshunt, which offers a ‘green’ burial. It also allows for burial in Cambridge in our own section of the Huntingdon Road Cemetery, but there are some additional charges for this. The JJBS will also cover certain costs for cremation, either in London or in Cambridge. For more detailed information do not hesitate to contact the Chair of the Burial Committee.
Non-Jewish partners and non-Jewish children of Beth Shalom members are eligible to be buried in the Woodland Cemetery in Cheshunt, or adjacent to our section of the Huntingdon Road Cemetery in Cambridge. Non-Jewish partners who become Friends of Beth Shalom are also entitled to become members of the JJBS scheme. This does not affect where they may be buried, but will cover the same costs as for Jewish members.
Members who wish to register funeral wishes for themselves or for a family member for whom they have funeral responsibility can complete a Funeral Information Form.
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