Israel at the Forefront with Vertical Cemeteries #general

Jan Meisels Allen

As with many innovative ideas Israel is at the forefront!. The latest
innovation is building vertical cemeteries in densely populated countries
with limited real estate. While originally there were some hesitation, the
ultra-Orthodox rabbinical burial societies have agreed to this new
innovation as most of the major cemeteries are at capacity. Yarkon Cemetery
is located in the outskirts of Tel Aviv, and is the primary cemetery for
greater Tel Aviv. Currently there are an existing 110,000 graves at the
cemetery. There are 30 planned structures to allow for the additional
250,000 graves planned in the vertical structures. For Israelis to continue
to be buried in the traditional manner they will have to travel to southern
parts of Israel where there is still room in the existing cemeteries.

Thank you to Randy Herschaft, Associated Press for alerting us to this
story. To read the full story and see photographs go to:

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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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