Presentation on theme: " What makes a cemetery “Jewish” The important role of Jewish burial societies and “landsmanschaft” How to locate the cemetery where your ancestor."— Presentation transcript:
What makes a cemetery “Jewish” The important role of Jewish burial societies and “landsmanschaft” How to locate the cemetery where your ancestor is buried How to read a Jewish tombstone and what the symbols on Jewish tombstones mean What JOWBR is and how to use it The resources that are available to help you research Jewish cemeteries
1. Has physical boundaries that set the cemetery off from its surroundings, holy for Jews. 2.Is considered consecrated ground where Jewish burial practices and customs are observed. 3.Is owned by the Jewish community; has rules and regulations authorized by a Board of Directors. 4.Only Jewish symbols are permitted on a Jewish cemetery. 5.Only Jewish clergy or lay people may officiate at a burial services or any other service in a Jewish cemetery. 6.Perpetual care funds are managed by and for the care of the Jewish cemetery 7.Closed on Shabbat and all major Jewish holidays
The purchase contract stipulates that the area of the plot is designed exclusively for Jews. Burials are permanent; the cemetery corporation does not have any authority over graves in the cemetery. All facilities for Jews and non-Jews are absolutely separate – with separate entrance gates and sections.
What is it? Combination of 2 databases Burial records Information about each particular cemetery What does it contain? Over 1 million cemetery and burial records worldwide Names and other identifying information Photographs of gravestones Data accepted only for entire cemetery, landsmanschaften, or organization within a larger cemetery