Funeral Homes & Cemeteries
Beth El members are able to choose any funeral home they prefer. Each of the following funeral homes have been used by our members to their satisfaction. They are listed in alphabetic order. Each provides a similar level of service and array of options, but the costs vary. FTC regulations require full disclosure of funeral rates, so you should ask for a complete and clear accounting of their charges.
- Danzansky-Goldberg – 301-340-1400
- Hines-Rinaldi – 301-622-2290
- Edward Sagel – 301-217-9400
- Torchinsky – 202-541-1001
Beth El works in partnership with the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington. Beth El members benefit from the JFPCGW negotiated contract with Hines-Rinaldi for providing funeral services at very competitive costs.
Each of these funeral homes performs Jewish burials and proper preparations. Torchinsky is the only Jewish owned funeral home in the area but does not offer the JFPCGW rates.
Purchasing mortuary services before a loved one dies is possible but not encouraged. This is called a “pre-need” purchase. As opposed to the purchase of cemetery plots, which some people do well before an illness or other decline, mortuary services do not need to be made in advance. If you value the peace of mind that comes with pre-need arrangements, you can speak with the funeral homes directly.
There are a number of Jewish cemeteries in the Washington area. Some belong to long-standing congregations. Beth El has synagogue sections at different cemeteries but does not own its own cemetery. Feel free to consult with the clergy or Executive Director in deciding where to purchase plots.
It is wise to do this planning and purchase long before the plots will be needed. It relieves the family of a difficult decision if death comes unexpectedly. In addition to the plot itself, it is also necessary to purchase services for the actual interment, the liner and installation, etc. These arrangements are made directly with the cemetery. Purchasing these services pre-need is also possible and done directly with the cemetery.
Five cemeteries are commonly used by Beth El members:
- Garden of Remembrance, Clarksburg, Maryland. 301-428-3000. This cemetery was opened in 2000 by Washington Hebrew Congregation and has made plots available to the larger community. Beth El has a large section of contiguous plots for purchase by members; all plots allow for either upright headstones or flat grave markers. Arrangements are made through the Beth El office at 301-652-2606.
- Judean Gardens in Olney, Maryland. 301-384-1000. Beth El has a large section of contiguous plots for purchase by members. Plots in the Beth El section can only have flat grave markers. Arrangements are made through the Beth El office at 301-652-2606.
- King David Memorial Gardens in Falls Church, Virginia. 703–560-4400. For several decades, there were no real alternatives to King David, despite its distance from Bethesda, and the vast majority of Beth El members at that time purchased gravesites in this cemetery. There is no specific Beth El section here, but the congregation does have a limited number of plots available for sale through the Beth El office at 301-652-2606.
- Menorah Gardens in Rockville, Maryland. 301-881-2151. Not commonly used by Beth El members but also quite appropriate. Arrangements can be made directly with their staff.
- Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Hyattsville, Maryland. 301-434-4640. This is the closest distance to Beth El but not often used. All its plots allow for headstones. Arrangements can be made directly with their staff.