Jewish Joint Burial Society(JJBS)
Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS) provides a total funeral service for our members and also members of a large number of other progressive synagogues (Reform, Liberal and Masorti) in England.
Until recently, the Western Cemetery at Cheshunt was the burial ground used by JJBS but, with the acquisition of the adjoining land, the Society now carries out Woodland burials and is able to arrange for non-Jewish partners to be buried in an area set aside for this purpose. There is also an area for a lawn cemetery. (Lawn cemeteries have smaller tombstones).
Despite the fact that the new cemetery is functioning, it is not complete and the work started on the prayer hall is due to be completed by Pesach next year; in the meantime, services are being held in the open air.
JJBS will continue to use the Western Cemetery for traditional burials and, for these, the existing prayer hall on those grounds is still used.
All costs are met from JJBS funds to which EDRS and all member synagogues make annual contributions based on numbers of members, costs and actuarial valuations.
JJBS is a registered charity which is controlled by Governors. Each member synagogue appoints a Governor and an Alternate who stands in for the Governor when necessary.
For funerals and cremations, transportation and other services are provided by undertakers but JJBS is now engaged in setting up its own undertaking service. At EDRS we are very fortunate to have our own Chevrah Kedisha. This is a small group of volunteers, men and women, who carry out Tahara. That is the ritual procedures prior to a burial or cremation.
Burials and cremations require coordination between the synagogue office staff, our Rabbis and the JJBS Sextons all of whom ensure that the family of the deceased is given maximum support at a difficult time.
For further information about the facilities available via the JJBS, please contact the synagogue office.
The JJBS website can be found at http://www.jewishfunerals.org.uk