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JRC Cemetery

"The Mission of the Judea Reform Cemetery Corporation is to operate and maintain a Jewish cemetery as a final resting place of sanctity, peace, and beauty; to provide services for the Judea Reform Congregation members and others in conjunction with burials; and to do all things that the Corporation is permitted to do by law, not inconsistent with maintaining its tax exempt status."

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION: 

For our community members who are in mourning, our Judea Reform Community is devoted to being present for each other.  Given the COVID -19 pandemic and the obligation for physical distancing, we are employing new tools we have in order to sustain a meaningful and loving flow of comfort and compassion from the community to you and your family. These are adaptations of Jewish law for this urgent hour. They will be modified as the situation changes. To find out more about how Judea Reform is meeting the needs of pastoral care, burials, funerals, and shiva minyans during this pandemic, please contact us directly (see list of contacts on sidebar).

JRC Cemetery – Frequently Asked Questions

The following are short answers to frequently asked questions about the Judea Reform Congregation Cemetery. Please click here for additional details regarding these and other
related issues as addressed in the JRC Cemetery Code.

Where is the Judea Reform Congregation Cemetery Located?

The Judea Reform Congregation Cemetery is located three miles west of Carrboro at 2560 Jones Ferry Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, near the intersection with Damascus Church Road.

View 2560 Jones Ferry Rd in a larger map

Who Can Be Buried at the JRC Cemetery?

Burial rights may be purchased by Judea Reform Congregation members or non-members, provided that either the purchaser or the person whose remains are to be buried is Jewish. Regardless of the purchaser’s religious affiliation, a site may be used for the burial of any one of the seven relatives of the purchaser for whom a Jewish person is required to mourn (spouse, daughter, son, brother, sister, mother, father).

What About Cremation Remains?

Cremation remains are allowed and may be buried in either traditional casket plots or in smaller cremation plots. Cremation remains may also be co-interred in the same plot with traditional casket remains or with a second set of cremation remains.

What Are the Prices?

As shown below, prices are less for JRC members than for non-members, and are less for smaller cremation plots than larger traditional casket plots. Separate marker deposits are collected at the time of purchase and applied toward the eventual production and installation of grave stones.

  JRC Members Non-Members
  Single Casket Plot Cremation Plot Single Casket Plot Cremation Plot
Single Interment $1,650 $1,100 $5,775 $3,850
Upgrade to
Co-Interment 
$825 $550 $2,900 $1,925
Marker Deposit* $600 $600 $600 $600

*  One-time marker deposit per plot, collected at the time of purchase, applied toward the production and installation of a stone marker one year after interment. No fees, except marker deposits are charged for children one year or younger in age.

“JRC Member” means any person who is a Judea Reform Congregation member in good standing at the time of purchase and who has been a member for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the time of purchase.

What Do the Prices Cover?

Purchases are for the right of interment (burial rights) in the Judea Reform Cemetery and do not represent ownership rights to real property. The Cemetery assesses no subsequent fees or charges after the initial payment for burial rights and marker deposits. A portion of the purchase price is dedicated to the Cemetery’s perpetual care endowment, which supports ongoing maintenance and improvement of the Cemetery. Perpetual care includes sodding or seeding grave sites, leveling and reseeding as necessary, cutting the grass, and maintaining the overall Cemetery grounds, as well as new work needed for future expansion or improvements. Perpetual care does not include cleaning the grave markers.

How do I purchase a plot?

Burial rights are purchased through a three-page written agreement. Please contact Ed Holland for further information at cemetery@judeareform.org or 919-489-9809.

What About Other Funeral-Related Costs?

Funeral and burial services at the time of need are arranged directly by the family of the deceased in consultation with Synagogue staff, clergy, and a local funeral home. Judea Reform works most frequently with Hudson Funeral Home of Durham (919-596-8269). Cemetery clients are not required to engage funeral home services for the burial of cremation remains; but may, as an alternative, obtain only grave digger services directly through arrangements with the Cemetery.

Can I Choose the Location of My Burial Plot(s)?

Specific plot locations are typically made at the time of death of the person whose remains are to be buried, regardless of when those rights were purchased. If burial rights were purchased for two or more persons, all associated grave sites will be situated adjacent to each other, but their specific locations will not be assigned until the first death occurs.

What Type of Grave Markers Are Allowed?

Only stone markers that are flush with the ground are allowed. Judea Reform works most frequently with Durham Marble Works (919-489-2134).

How Much Cemetery Capacity Is There? Will There Be Room in the Future?

Less than 30 percent of the Cemetery’s 10.3 acres is currently developed. Our single location contains enough land to meet Judea Reform’s expected needs for at least the next 85 years.

What If I Move Away or Decide I No Longer Want to Use My Burial Rights?

Unused burial rights and marker deposits are fully refundable for their original purchase price.

Can I Transfer Burial Rights Purchased Somewhere Else to the Judea Reform Cemetery?

No. The JRC Cemetery has no arrangements with other cemeteries or burial organizations.

When Can I Visit the Cemetery?

The Cemetery is not gated and is open to the public from dawn to dusk.

Are There Provisions for Funeral Attendees with Mobility Challenges?

Yes. Temporary walkway platforms can be provided through special arrangements with the Cemetery and funeral home.

Where Are the Nearest Bathroom Facilities?

The nearest bathroom facilities are three miles away at the Burger King on Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro.

Further Questions?

Please see the JRC Cemetery Code or contact Ed Holland for further information at cemetery@judeareform.org or 919-489-9809.


 

For the Cemetery's complete Mission and Goals Statement, please click here.

For the Judea Reform Guide to Death and Mourning, please click here for "Kavod V'nichum – Honor and Comfort."

For the Bylaws describing the Cemetery's governance, please click here.

Sat, October 24 2020 6 Cheshvan 5781