Chesed Shel Emes is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. It may feel like a park when you are visiting, but please remember that it is a sacred burial ground. We ask that you respect and follow our rules and regulations when visiting the cemetery.
♦ Please do not allow children to play or climb on monuments.
♦ Picnicking and lying down on lawns or benches on the grounds are prohibited.
♦ Children under 16 years of age should be accompanied by an adult. Please wear appropriate attire when visiting the cemetery. Shirt and shoes are required.
♦ Pets are not allowed on the grounds or in the buildings, except for personal assistants.
Privacy and Quiet
♦ Please respect the privacy of people who are attending funerals or visiting family memorials.
♦ Keep noise levels to a minimum.
♦ Loitering is not allowed.
♦ Please visit during visiting hours, unless previously arranged with Chesed Shel Emes.
♦ Only fresh cut flowers, potted plants or small stones may be placed at a grave. Please see our decoration policy below for more information.
♦ You may have to walk over other graves to visit a loved one’s grave. It is acceptable to do so, but please watch your step around gravestones, lawn vases, urns and sprinkler heads.
Wildlife and Plant Life
♦ Please do not feed or disturb birds, deer or other wildlife. Hunting or trapping wildlife is strictly prohibited in the cemetery.
♦ It is unlawful to pick flowers or remove plants, shrubs or trees.
Driving, Biking and Parking in the Cemetery
♦ Bicycle riding is not allowed in the cemetery for safety reasons.
♦ Please drive your motor vehicle at a safe speed, not exceeding 10 miles per hour.
♦ You may park along roads in the cemetery. Please do not park in front of an open interment site, unless you are part of the funeral procession.
♦ Do not drive or park on the grass.
♦ Please turn down your radio so that the sound cannot be heard outside the vehicle.
♦ No commercial or professional photography is allowed without the written consent of the Chesed Shel Emes Society.
The Chesed Shel Emes Society decoration policy is intended to preserve the natural beauty and dignity of the cemetery.
At the Grave
♦ Fresh floral bouquets in approved vases are permitted.
♦ Potted plants are permitted.
♦ Plantings in approved flower box gardens are permitted.
♦ For the safety of all visitors, glass jars and other breakable containers are not allowed.
♦ Monument QR Codes are permitted.
♦ We offer annual flower planting services. For more information see our Flower Plantings Program.
♦ Small American Flags indicate a military veteran’s grave and are permitted to be placed in front of headstones such that they do not interfere with lawn maintenance.
Small Stones for Monument Placement
The Jewish tradition of placing a small stone on the monument of a loved one’s grave is welcomed at Chesed Shel Emes. We do ask, however, that the stones not be larger than about 2 inches in size. Visitors may use the stones provided in the planter stand located in the Memorial Garden, or you may bring your own.
What’s Not Permitted
Artificial plants of any kind, Christmas wreaths or other non-Jewish ornamentation, dried flowers, house plants, trees, shrubs, bushes, ornaments, borders, fences, balloons, glass jars, spinners, statues, photographs, or other such items are not permitted.
Please contact us and we’ll be glad to answer your questions.
If a decoration is not permitted, deemed inappropriate or has deteriorated, it will be removed and discarded without notice.