The Jewish Cemetery Association of North America (JCANA) is devoted to the sanctity and continuity of Jewish cemeteries in honor of our ancestors and future generations. We raise awareness and provide resources to sustain and preserve Jewish cemeteries.
Code of Ethics
JCANA has adopted a Code of Ethics as a guide for its members. While not a requirement for membership, we strongly encourage this as a statement of quality and commitment to excellent cemetery management.
Chesed Shel Emet.
Our Code of Ethics
The 12-point Code of Ethics (below) includes commitments to ethical business and regulatory standards as well as adherence to Jewish standards, traditions and mitzvoth. It also includes pledges for cemetery preservation and education.
To perform acts of loving kindness for the deceased, Chesed Shel Emet.
To abide by Jewish burial practices and customs.
To provide consolation for family members and loved ones.
To sustain community awareness relating to Jewish end of life issues.
To adhere to ethical business standards of behavior.
To provide for burial sites at no charge to members of the Jewish community in financial need.
To ensure accurate burial records at all times.
To maintain dignified burial ground conditions.
To provide for cemetery preservation and continuity in perpetuity.
To manage the financial affairs of the cemetery with integrity and fiduciary trust.
To cultivate endowment funds consistent with long-term funding needs of cemetery continuity.
To adhere to governmental legislation and regulation.