Additional Information from Garden of Remembrance Regarding Covid-19

Garden of Remembrance Gan Zikaron Memorial Park continues to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus situation and the information we are receiving from Partner Congregations, Funeral Homes, and Vendors, State and Federal Guidelines, and health authorities. We wish to share some recommended practices that we have temporarily adopted for all burials. While funerals need to be scheduled at times of need, several practices have been recommended to ensure the health and safety of our community.

  • Please restrict attendance to no more than 10 immediate family members and close relatives to follow CDC and State of Maryland Guidelines. Only graveside burials will be allowed. Our Gazebo is temporarily closed.
  • Please note that we will not be distributing our usual blankets or umbrellas in the event of inclement weather and any distributed kippot (yarmulkes) or handouts will not be collected back from guests. Based upon recommended guidelines, we will not be placing ritual hand-washing equipment at graveside or providing shovels for the ritual filling of the grave. Please feel free to bring and take home your own shovels or trowels.
  • To encourage “social distancing” and reduce the spread of disease we will only provide a few chairs for the immediate mourners or those unable to stand. Please remind clergy that attendees will be standing which may affect the length of the burial service.
  • Anticipating an increase in graveside funerals, to protect against possible unknown infection, and to enable the maintenance staff to separate at the beginning of a burial to assist other families, caskets will be immediately lowered at the beginning of the burial service as the casket is removed from the funeral coach.
  • Trash cans will be available at all interments to dispose of tissues or debris. Please remind attendees to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue, dispose of it, and wash hands or sanitize immediately.
  • Please notify our staff immediately if the COVID-19 virus resulted in the scheduled burial so our staff can properly prepare according to CDC Guidelines.
  • Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to live stream a graveside service. We do have audio and video capabilities in our offices for you or your families to remotely communicate with our staff members.

The health, safety, and well-being of our families and staff are always our foremost priority. Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Shalom.


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

Fall at the GardenBurial Options

Burial sites are available with a choice of upright memorials, slanted monuments, and flat 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 providing a private family section for up to twenty burial sites are available. Separated Legacy Gardens are in development 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 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.

Burial Sections

We are proud to have twenty-seven 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. 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 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. All site purchases include an additional 10% fee to the Garden of Remembrance Endowed Care Fund to provide perpetual care.

MausoleumAvailable Memorials & Markers

As a nonprofit, Jewish cemetery, Garden of Remembrance offers a full range of affordable memorials and markers including upright granite headstones, unique slant markets, and flat granite and bronze memorial. Families may also purchase memorial benches, granite encased vases, and memorial boulders. Mausoleums are memorialized with personalized engravings.

Click here for more information on memorials and markers.

Our Caring Staff Members

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.

Glenn S. Easton, Executive Director
Email: [email protected]

Counselors and Pre-need Sales
David Kaler, Sales Director
E-mail: [email protected]

Mandy Niad, Assistant Director
E-mail: [email protected]

Administration, Grounds, and Facilities
Bunny (Beverly) Niad
E-mail: [email protected]

Jimmy Knight
E-mail: [email protected]

Nicolas Vigil Tovar

Daniel Garcia