Cemetery

In December 1999, the members of Congregation Beth Torah voted to establish a cemetery for the Congregation by purchasing 200 burial spaces within the confines of Mt. Moriah South at 105th and Holmes Road in Kansas City, Missouri.

Mt. Moriah Cemetery was established in 1922. The cemetery grounds cover 200 acres in southern Jackson County, Missouri. Mt. Moriah is a full service cemetery and funeral home.  The Beth Torah Section of the cemetery is bordered by a hedge, setting it off from the greater cemetery as Beth Torah’s dedicated area.

If you are interested in purchasing cemetery space, contact the Beth Torah office at (913) 498-2212.


A message from Michael Blum

Would you like to read about a most interesting journey this past month? I just returned from a Florence Melton Adult Jewish Educational trip to Poland and Israel. There was no homework or tests. It was intense. What happened to the Jews of the many communities in Eastern Europe?

Each and every day we learned the history of our ancestors. I have been chairperson of the Congregation Beth Torah cemetery for many years. Our section at Mt. Moriah is small. As I toured the many cemeteries in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow and the surrounding communities; it became obvious to me that I was walking through the history of our ancestors. We stood at the graves or memorials of famous people. We stood before memorials of common people. The memorials were small and large. The cemeteries were very small and some were huge.  The markers told a history.

As I walked among those old graves, I reminded myself of the wonderful individuals from our own Beth Torah family buried in the Congregation Beth Torah section at Mt. Moriah.  I remembered the first person buried in our section. His granddaughter just celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in Israel. I remembered a wonderful lady who loved to sing. She has a fund in her honor at Beth Torah. I remembered a fabulous couple that stood with me on Masada during my first trip to Israel. I remembered a remarkable young man I knew since his birth. I see his parents every week at Beth Torah.

Although our cemetery is young and small, I have fabulous memories of wonderful members of our congregation. We have just celebrated some of our great holidays. If you have a chance, go visit our section at Mt. Moriah cemetery. Remember some of our history. We have had a great many of our members pre-purchase cemetery space for themselves or for their entire family. If you are interested in learning more about our special section, please call me at (913) 383-2586, or the Beth Torah office at (913) 498-2212.

Dr. Michael Blum
Past President - Beth Torah
Cemetery Chairperson





RULES AND REGULATIONS

Purchase of Space and Burial:

Spaces are purchased through Congregation Beth Torah. Burial in the cemetery is subject to the rules and regulations of Mt. Moriah Cemetery and the rules and regulations of the Congregation under terms and conditions approved by the Board of Trustees.

Officiation:

Any ordained rabbi or other Jewish clergy may officiate at burials without special permission. Non-Jewish clergy seeking to officiate within the cemetery must consult the rabbi of Congregation Beth Torah prior to performing any service.

Markers:

All grave markers are subject to the rules and regulations of The Cemetery which may be different from the rules and regulations in other sections of Mt. Moriah. All proposed grave markers must be submitted to the cemetery committee or its designee for approval as to the construction, size, design and inscription prior to placement on the grave.

Financial:

No burial will be allowed unless payment in full for the cemetery space has been made in advance.

Refunds, exchange, transfer or sale of space:

The cemetery committee must approve requests for refunds, exchanges, transfer or sale of spaces. The Congregation has the right of first refusal for any of the above actions. Any repurchase by the Congregation will be at the original price less 10%. There will be a $75 transfer fee for exchanges, transfer or sale of spaces.