Non-Orthodox Jewish groups are praising the decision of Jerusalem municipal officials to approve the establishment of the city’s first non-Orthodox cemetery.
All Jewish cemeteries in Jerusalem have been maintained by ultra-Orthodox burial societies that conduct burials according to the strictest standards of Jewish law. Jerusalemites seeking another type of burial have had to find a cemetery outside the city.
Jerusalem’s Orthodox cemeteries do not permit burial in a coffin and prohibit the burial of non-Jews—including first-degree relatives of a Jew buried in the cemetery. Nor do they permit women to say Kaddish, the memorial prayer, out loud, or Reform and Conservative Jews to conduct burials according to their respective religious practices.