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Life at the Synagogue


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Cemetery map

Undated, probably early 20th century
Printed paper map
9.75 x 6.75 inches

A Burial Society at the Eldridge Street Synagogue offered an important service to departed congregants and their families. According to Jewish tradition, a person should ideally be buried within twenty-four hours after their death. Considering all of the tasks of ceremonial nature that must be attended to surrounding a death, many people chose to let the congregation handle the burial services and cemetery arrangements. The Eldridge Street congregation had plots at several cemeteries, including Macpelah Cemetery in Queens, shown on this map. The section of the cemetery for Eldridge Street’s congregation, Kahal Adas Jeshurun, can be found on the upper right hand corner of the map. Harry Houdini is buried in another section of Macpelah and an annual ceremony takes place at his gravesite.

Other burial records in the Museum archives, which date from 1907 through 1964, include records related to other cemeteries where members of the synagogue were buried, such as Bayside, Beth David, Elmont, Union Field, Washington, and Mount Sinai.

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