A synagogue community provides members opportunity for spiritual, social and charitable observance throughout their lives. It is also there for members during life-cycle events such as births, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, and death. Beth Sholom B’nai Israel helps our congregants through these difficult times by coming together as a community in a compassionate and caring way as well as having the necessary support in place to meet the final life cycle event in accordance with Jewish principles and rituals.
When a synagogue member is sitting shiva at home, and the shiva encompasses a Shabbat, BSBI provides a catered Kosher Friday night meal sufficient for all those family members spending Shabbat together. Made possible through donations to the BSBI Nichum Avaylim Fund, the food is delivered to the family home on Friday afternoon.
The synagogue’s Chevrah Kadisha ensures that our members are appropriately prepared for internment following Jewish custom and to provide one last bit of assistance to our departed friends and neighbors. Ongoing training of the rituals and tasks provide an opportunity for new volunteers.
The Cemeteries Committee works with grieving families to help make necessary arrangements in order to make it as easy as possible for those in mourning loved ones. In addition, the committee administers the perpetual care of the cemeteries as well as ordering and placing the grave marker plaques. Beth Sholom B’nai Israel’s Board of Directors sets the fees, taking into consideration the recommendations of the committee.
Memorial Park – Manchester
The Town of Manchester, appreciating the needs of its Jewish residents, established a separate section of the East Cemetery specifically designed for those residents. The synagogue leaders agreed to administer the burial site if the town agreed to allow the burial of any member. The agreement specifies that any Jewish resident of Manchester can arrange burial in the Memorial Park, and that any Beth Sholom B’nai Israel member who resided within a 25-mile radius of Manchester at the time they purchased the burial site deed can also be interred there.
Beth Olam Cemetery
Located at the end of Edith Road in Vernon, Beth Olam Cemetery provides a few burial options for members and non-members. BSBI owns two sections of the site. One section, known as the Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) Cemetery, is a traditional Jewish burial ground following all rules and customs for traditional Jewish burial. The Edith Road Memorial Park (ERMP) section is a non-sectarian burial ground. The rules for this section require a deceased be either Jewish, or a spouse/partner, parent, child, or sibling of someone Jewish.
Gravesites in both sections are available for purchase by members or non-members of BSBI, with a discount offered to members in good standing.