What's New at Judean Memorial Gardens
"Old Judean" Rehab: Judean blocks 1 thru 5 have been around quite some time - since 1975! Over the years, the earth around burials and marker installations has slowly compacted due to rainfall, and unrelenting gravity, resulting in various dips, depressions, and even "holes." To correct these conditions: throughout the past winter, a crew has been working in these blocks; adding earth to level the grounds and realigning markers. Now, as we enter the growing season, we will soon begin reseeding these areas to reach our goal of lush grass and gently sloping grounds! In the meantime, in some areas rainfall has washed some of that new soil atop markers. If your loved one's site is one of those affected, you may contact the office and place a service request for us to clean the marker. However, also please rest assured that all affected markers will be cleaned as part of the planned reseeding and grooming process (mentioned above). In the meantime, thank you for your patience, understanding, and your support!
"Extreme Weather": Heavy rainfall can be damaging, as soil is washed down atop flat markers, and the settling of graves accelerates, causing "holes" to appear. All such problems are addressed asap, but tend to pile up immediately after the rain stops. (Please don't expect to see a perfect landscape the day after the rain ends!) We are also looking at ways to improve the drainage systems in the cemetery, to mitigate the damage caused by such weather events.
Section Ten Expansion
is a unique area in Judean: the only Section designed to accommodate upright granite memorials, with 10-foot walkways between each double row of sites, and other features that satisfy orthodox requirements. We continue to add rows to this section, and install fast-growing, white pine trees along its high, Western border.
GPS Navigation Feature
Check out our new "Locate Your Loved One" tool (see link, top-right). If you have GPS services and Google Maps enabled on your phone or other device, you may use this feature to navigate to your loved one's site. Results may vary, with location, weather conditions, and your device. For best results, be sure to read the provided "TIPS" (link).
No one at the time of need is required to come to the cemetery. Items that must be purchased before a burial takes place can also be completed by phone. Charges that are due can be charged by phone. Interment authorizations can be faxed to the family or the funeral home for signature. If a death occurs on the Sabbath, the family or the Rabbi can call the Memorial Counselor or the Director after the Sabbath. For orthodox families in our upright monument monument section, we will accommodate next day burial whenever possible if called immediately after the Sabbath ends.
Looking Ahead: Section Sixteen (16)
Judean has experienced steady growth since our inception in 1975, reaching a "half-way point" of development with the millennium. Today, our long range development plan, with developed, as well as undeveloped areas, assures future availability for decades to come.
Section Sixteen will be located at the South end of Judean, with approximately 600 new sites and 4 - to 8 blossoming trees planned for inclusion. A limited number of Private Estates will be made available in the area West of Section 16. Those interested in pre-planning in Section 16: please contact your Judean Memorial counselor for more information.