As of August 7, 2021 – Updated Garden of Remembrance Protocols for Covid-19
Montgomery County, Maryland has imposed indoor mask requirements.
We are hopeful that the Covid-19 pandemic is waning and that the vaccines are having positive effects but the recent increase in cases caused by the new variant has triggered Montgomery County and surrounding areas to impose a mask requirement for indoor spaces. Following County, State and Federal Guidelines along with health authority advice and advisories, we have amended our guidelines.
- Effective August 7, 2021, visitors and staff members will be required to wear masks when meeting in the memorial park office.
- All staff members are required to be vaccinated. Anyone not yet vaccinated will be required to wear a mask at all times and have regular Covid-19 testing.
- There is currently no limit on attendance at outdoor graveside funerals. Unvaccinated attendees are encouraged to wear masks outside and be socially distanced (six feet) from one another. Our outdoor Gazebo is open for funerals.
- Any kippot (yarmulkes) or handouts we distribute will not be collected back from guests.
- We will continue providing shovels for the ritual filling of graves. For those uncomfortable sharing shovels, families may bring their own shovels, gloves, or sanitizer. Some have found it meaningful to deposit earth with their hands rather than a shovel during these unusual times.
- We encourage “social distancing” under the tent for immediate family members. Families may request guests to stand outside of the erected tent.
- Pallbearers are allowed to assist from the funeral coach to the gravesite and asked to wear masks if unvaccinated due to the close proximity. Caskets will be immediately lowered when brought to the gravesite prior to the beginning of the burial service to allow our cemetery staff to safely separate from the attendees.
- Please notify our staff immediately if the burial is of a victim of COVID-19 so that our staff can prepare in accordance with CDC Guidelines.
- Visitors to our office and restroom who are required to wear a mask. Masks and hand sanitizer are available in the office.
- To assist families to live-stream a graveside service, if requested, we are able to provide a tablet and tripod for StreamSpot video streaming linked through our website. Please refer to our Video Live-Streaming Guidelines.
Our thanks to the community clergy, funeral homes, partner congregations, and our dedicated, essential staff members for their selfless work during the height of the pandemic.
A Dream Come True for the Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia Area Jewish Community
In the early 1990s, Jewish religious and lay leaders first envisioned a new memorial park so inclusive that it would become the cemetery for the entire greater Washington, D.C. Jewish community. That dream became reality in the fall of 2000 when we opened and dedicated the Garden of Remembrance (Gan Zikaron) Memorial Park, located in Clarksburg, Maryland in Montgomery County. (Click here for a site map of the Memorial Park). The Garden of Remembrance offers comprehensive services in accordance with all branches of Judaism, reflecting the full range of Jewish practices and honoring personal preferences.
Dedicated to the Entire Jewish Community, Offering Many Burial Options.
The Garden of Remembrance is the region’s only not-for-profit cemetery open to members of all Jewish congregations as well as those unaffiliated with a congregation.
It is Jewish owned and operated, and managed by a board of community leaders. Congregations and individuals trust us to carry out burial arrangements with dignity and respect, in accordance with Jewish values and practices. As a not-for-profit organization, the Garden of Remembrance returns funds in excess of operating expenses and capital needs back to the local Jewish community. Each year the Memorial Park invites the region’s entire Jewish community to a memorial service at the cemetery to mark the High Holy Day Season.
Range of Services
Burial sites are available with a choice of upright memorials, slanted monuments, and flat grass-level granite or bronze markers. The space allocated for each gravesite is larger than other Jewish cemeteries in the area to accommodate memorial markers.
A limited number of Forest Glades in a tranquil setting surrounded by forest trees and meadow groves lined with tall pines provide a private family section for up to twenty burial sites. Legacy Gardens surrounded by boxwood hedges are available for families wishing to reserve a distinct section of six, eight, or ten family plots. Unique Forest Groves are offered for boulders containing cremated remains. Mausoleums and Columbariums offer above-ground entombment in the tradition of our ancestors, Abraham and Sarah.
Funeral and Burial Services
When you choose the Garden of Remembrance, you join in a sacred bond with and help strengthen the greater Washington area Jewish community. As the region’s most inclusive Jewish cemetery, the nonprofit Memorial Park offers comprehensive services in accordance with all branches of Judaism, reflecting the full range of Jewish practices and honoring personal preferences. Funeral services are held graveside, in our beautiful outdoor Gazebo, or in the near future, in our new Memorial Chapel.
We are proud to have twenty-nine Partner Congregations that have purchased individual sections within the memorial park for their members.
Our Community Gardens offer a wide range of cemetery plot locations and options for those not affiliated with a synagogue. Our Family Gardens sections consist of beds of tall grasses and perennial flowers with low, slant family memorial markers. A limited number of distinct sections to group loved ones together in a final resting place are available for families providing a sense of closeness, privacy and solitude. The Memorial Park offers Legacy Gardens for 4, 6, 8, or 10 family burial sites and Forest Glades which accommodate up to twenty family burial sites. The Legacy Gardens and Forest Glades include a contribution to our nonprofit memorial park.
Certified as a Hybrid Green Burial Cemetery by the Green Burial Council, the Gan Zikaron Green Burial Garden prohibits the use of concrete liners and upright memorial markers. Our unique Forest View woodlands is offered for individual or companion “Back to Nature” boulders containing cremated remains. Mausoleums and Columbariums offer above-ground entombment in the tradition of our ancestors, Abraham and Sarah.
All site purchases include an additional 10% contribution to the Garden of Remembrance Endowed Care Fund to provide perpetual care.
Our Caring Staff
The Garden of Remembrance (Gan Zikaron) Memorial Park is fortunate to have a special group of experienced and caring staff members to serve our families, clergy, and friends. To contact one of our staff, please click on their name.