Please contact either of these individuals:
Marc Bragin, Jewish Chaplain
Director, Kenyon College Hillel
Howard Sacks, Chair
Jewish Cemetery Society
Which funeral homes can assist me with arrangements?
In Mount Vernon, Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is not practiced in Jewish funeral traditions but can provide basic Jewish funeral arrangements.
Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home
201 Newark Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
In Columbus, Epstein Memorial Chapel practices Jewish funeral traditions and customs.
Epstein Memorial Chapel
3232 East Main Street
Columbus, Oh 43213
JCS has met with representatives from both of these facilities, and they are familiar with our cemetery.
Who can officiate at the ceremony?
In Knox County, Kenyon’s Jewish chaplain Marc Bragin can officiate. Epstein’s can arrange for a rabbi from Columbus.
Where can I hold a reception locally following the burial?
The cemetery is adjacent to Quarry Chapel, a lovely nineteenth-century church that has been deconsecrated and is available for private functions.
Friends of the Quarry Chapel
P.O. Box 849
Gambier, OH 43022
Kenyon College has various facilities that are available on a limited basis.
Fred Linger, Manager of Business Services
Gambier, OH 43022
Where can I find information on Jewish funeral traditions?
Burial practices vary among the branches of Judaism. The following sites provide information on common traditions and customs in Judaism and among interfaith families:
General information on Jewish burial customs:
Burial practices in Orthodox Judaism:
Burial practices in Conservative Judaism:
Burial Practices in Reform Judaism:
Burial practices in Reconstructionist Judaism:
Burial practices among interfaith families:
Where can I arrange for a headstone?
In Knox County, Ralston Art Memorial can create monuments according to your design.
Ralston Art Memorial
2374 Coshocton Avenue
Howard, OH 43028
In Columbus, several businesses have experience designing headstones for the Jewish community.
Columbus Art Memorial
766 Greenlawn Avenue
Columbus, OH 43223
1264 Williams Road
Columbus, OH 43207
301 North Hague Avenue
Columbus, OH 43204
How can I find a synagogue in the area?