|Long Island: ELMONT/Beth David: (Nassau County)|
tombstone images online. A fee charged. [April 2010]
Beth David Cemetery: 300 Elmont Rd., Elmont, NY 11003; Phone: 516-328-1300; Contact: Warren Rosen. Opened: 1917; # Graves: 190,000+ Societies: 1300+. The office on the premises has computerized records.
map and directions [March 2011]
Beth David has very narrow avenues (most one-way), barely wide enough to turn into. The graves seem squashed together every two or three feet (short graves!) in places. There are many olBurial records include information pertinent to the death: when and where.. Post-1950, they also contain next-of-kin information; prior to 1950, only last address.
I visited Beth David on 3 May 2012, and had no trouble locating the cemetery (thanks to Google Maps and my GPS) – it is an easy 15-minute drive from JFK. I had called first to be sure the office would be open; the staff were extremely helpful and very friendly, quickly locating both plots I was visiting in their computerized registry. They printed me a customized map complete with explicit directions to navigate the cemetery’s maze of narrow lanes, and kindly provided a photocopy of their hand-printed master map for the family circle that I was looking for. That map was well marked with row-letters and plot-numbers, but these are fairly useless since there are no coordinate markings in the cemetery itself; it was only because the map was marked with the names of the deceased that I was able to work my way through to my aunt’s plot. I’d recommend anyone visiting Beth David to ask for a similar photocopy of the master map, and request the staff to indicate the location of the nearest “streets” and walkways on that map.
Contrary to previous reports, I found the cemetery to be fairly neat and tidy, with allowances made for the season (the people in the office explained that grounds maintenance mainly occurs between May and October, and the grounds might look a bit overgrown due to the unusually mild winter just concluded). And indeed I saw numerous caretakers/landscapers at work. The cemetery does offer paid perpetual care and it appeared that they are honoring these obligations.
Burial records include information pertinent to the death: when and where.. Post-1950, they also contain next-of-kin information; prior to 1950, only last address.
Partial list available of societies or synagogues:
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2012 22:20|