The Beth Jacob Synagogue has owned and operated a Jewish Cemetery in the central area of the City of Regina for over 100 years. This Cemetery embraces the equivalent of three city blocks and abuts Regina Civic Cemetery.
The Cemetery is divided into two distinct parts. The traditional Cemetery is for Jewish burials only and has existed for over 100 years. There remains an adequate number of unfilled plots to accommodate the congregations’ needs well into the foreseeable future.
In 2005 a second Cemetery was created within the existing lands of the Jewish Cemetery, but separate and apart from the traditional Cemetery. This new Cemetery was created to fulfil the needs of families of Jewish and non-Jewish spouses and children. Odd numbered plots are designated as Jewish Cemeteries while even numbered plots are designated non-Jewish Cemeteries. Dividing the occupied plots of Jew and non-Jew is a chain link fence mounted to posts at the head and foot of the grave. This physical division accords with Jewish law and enables spouses and families of mixed faiths to be buried next to one another.
Beth Jacob Synagogue owns and operates a fully modern funeral home which is also located upon the spacious Cemetery grounds. The Chevra Kadisha or Sacred Burial Society of Beth Synagogue, consists of a men’s and women’s division. Full funeral services are provided in strict accordance with Jewish laws and customs.
These Cemeteries are beautified by trees and shrubbery ranging from a few years old to a century old. The Cemetery is maintained year round by a professional groundskeeper. The Chevra Kadisha works closely with the City of Regina Parks Department and a local funeral home to provide total services. Consequently, funeral rates and plot prices are kept to a minimum with preferred rates to congregants in good standing and discretionary rates for non-members.
Beth Jacob Synagogue also maintains a dedicated perpetual care trust account to ensure future care of the Cemeteries and funeral home. Prepayment for funerals and plot reservations are accepted and managed in a separate trust account in conformity with the provincial Cemeteries Act. Plot reservations may be arranged through the administrative offices of the Beth Jacob Synagogue.
There are uniform architectural requirements with respect to monuments, grave covers and floral embellishments. The Beth Jacob Synagogue Cemeteries rank with the finest and most beautiful of Cemeteries in Canada.