JCANA Newsletter – Spring 2013

JCANA Newsletter – Spring 2013

Message from Stan Kaplan, JCANA Chairman
Join us in Toronto, Canada for JCANA Conference 2013, June 2-4!
Toronto, home to the largest Jewish population in Canada and a center of Jewish Canadian culture, will be hosting the JCANA Conference 2013 on June 2nd-4th. Known for its many attractions, museums and family activities, Toronto also offers unique eateries and one-of-a-kind shopping experiences ideal for visitors of all ages and on any budget.

We are planning a truly dynamic conference for you in this world-class city. Hear presentations from highly-experienced professionals in their fields, tour historic downtown Toronto and visit the largest Jewish cemetery in Toronto. Learn more about Professional Cemetery Management, Canadian Jewish immigration history, Jewish burial customs and much, much more…

We invite you to visit our web site: www.jcana.org for complete conference information and to register online.

See you in Toronto!

Let’s Share Information…
Besides burials, what special services do you offer? Please share your policy with other JCANA members by e-mailing newsletter@jcana.org. Your responses will be included in our next JCANA e-newsletter.

Spotlight: Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary
Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary was established in 1941 to meet the needs of the expanding number of Jews who had migrated to the Southern California area. It is owned by Temple Israel of Hollywood, a Reform congregation, and is overseen by the Temple through its Hillside Council of Directors.

In 1951, the legendary entertainer Al Jolson was buried in what has become the iconic symbol of Hillside. The monument consists of a towering white stone canopy held aloft by six white stone columns, with a series of terraced, blue-tiled waterfalls cascading down the hillside. The inner dome of this canopy contains a large mosaic of Moses holding the Ten Commandments. Beneath the canopy is Jolson’s marble sarcophagus.

Hillside provides a full range of mortuary and cemetery services and meets the diverse needs of the people it serves. Mortuary services may include the traditional shmira and tahara as well as embalming or the facilitation of cremation services. Hillside offers caskets and urns for sale and in the memorial park there are a number of interment options including in-ground burial spaces, family estates and above ground wall crypts, mausoleums and sarcophagi as well as several options for cremated remains. All are surrounded by rolling hills, blossoming trees and the soothing music of flowing water, an ideal setting to remember and honor a loved one.

Reflecting a commitment to the entire Jewish community, Hillside does not separate families and non-Jewish spouses are buried together with their Jewish partners. However, only Jewish symbols may be used and only Jewish or non-denominational services may be held on the grounds. Two chapels are available for funerals and memorial services.

Hillside provides a unique “concierge” service which can help with arrangements from the moment of death through the end of the shiva week. They will help plan the funeral and reception, will set up a house for shiva or visitations, and will arrange for meals in the house of mourning.

Engagement with the community through outreach, grants and sponsorships is part of Hillside’s mission and its commitment to the entire Los Angeles Jewish community. They offer programs such as lectures on Jewish rituals of death and mourning, and “Grave Matters,” a panel discussion on end of life issues including topics such as estate planning and advanced directives. Community Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Remembrance Services, led by prominent local clergy, are held annually. As part of the High Holy Days Jewish tradition of visiting the graves of ancestors, Hillside holds an annual Kever Avot v’Imahot service on the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Through grants to various organizations, Hillside assists in providing social services for seniors, children, families, veterans, immigrants and the needy, supporting local food banks, grief counseling, legal aid agencies, vocational training, medical research, arts programming and more. They also provide educational and special needs camping scholarships.

Hillside’s website has an especially good section on what to do in the event of a death. For more information about this unique memorial park, visit www.hillsidememorial.org or contact their General Manager, Paul Goldstein.

From JCANA Members: Special Facilities and Services
In the last issue of the JCANA newsletter, we asked our members:
Are cremains buried or stored in your cemetery? Where and how?

These are the answers we received:

  • Cremains are not accommodated in our cemetery.
  • Cremains are buried in a separate part of the cemetery.
  • Cremains are put in a vault or mausoleum in the cemetery.

Bible Bit:
Capital crimes described in the Torah include, among other offenses, murder, kidnapping and blasphemy. There are four different methods for carrying out the executions depending on the crime. However, the conditions which had to be met to impose the death sentence were so stringent that scholars believe that the death penalty was rarely, if ever, imposed in ancient Israel.

Code of Ethics:
In July, 2012, the JCANA Board of Directors voted to initiate a Code of Ethics for its members. Although not a condition for membership, JCANA strongly encourages its members to sign an agreement pledging to uphold these standards. They are then entitled to display a special JCANA logo on all printed matter, attesting that they are committed to ethical cemetery management.

JCANA Member Code of Ethics:

  • 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.


Join us in Toronto, Canada for the annual JCANA Conference June 2-4!
Sign up on our website: www.jcana.org
For general information, please contact: stankaplan@jcam.org
For membership information, please contact: rzuckman@cloverhillpark.org

Make sure to visit our website: www.jcana.org