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Question 11.6.11:
Death and Burial: If a Jewish person lives in an area where there is no synagogue, no Jewish funeral home, and no Jewish cemetery, what would the rules be in regard to burial?

Answer:

The general rule is to attempt to follow the most traditional observance and deviate from that as circumstances prevail. One would not say that since there is no Jewish cemetery, I will just be cremated. The question to ask is how far away is the nearest Jewish cemetery? Is it acceptably close? If so, be buried there. If not and there are other Jewish families in your community, consider a non-denominational cemetery in your area and see if they will block off a small (or large) section of property for Jewish burial. Fencing it with hedging and consecrating it as a Jewish burial site would work. If that doesn't work, select an isolated plot in the cemetery.


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