TEMPLE ISRAEL CEMETERY, North Jefferson Avenue, Catskill, NY 12414
Land for the temple cemetery was purchased from member Morris Kalmus; it was property that was part of his farm operations in the town of Catskill. He owned several parcels in the part of the town of Catskill known as Jefferson Heights. The cemetery was established by a committee which included temple founder Member #1 Jacob Gleicher and Member #3 Joseph Sherman, as a separate non-profit corporation from the temple. The temple was founded in 1923, and has continuously operated since.
Steven Mann and Lori Sturges, Co-Chairs
Debbi Davis, Treasurer
Joanne Wagman, Secretary
Florence Fielman, Board Liaison
Robert Gaus, Advisor, Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, Catskill
Rabbi Zoe B. Zak, Spiritual Advisor, Temple Israel of Catskill
The cemetery committee meets as business requires, and responds to any requests in a timely fashion. In 2016, the cemetery committee revised its rules and regulations. A copy of those and our plot prices are available to anyone upon request.
Contact Us By:
Calling the temple at (518) 943-5758
Or Emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first burial was that of Marcus Reiss, a cattle rancher residing in the town of Catskill and a native of Germany, who died in 1942. However, a few graves predate his. We believe that they were removed from the old Village Burial Ground on Thompson Street in Catskill. Numerous old families from the original temple have large plots of six or more graves to accommodate their loved ones.
The gates at the cemetery will be under restoration and repainted in the spring 2019. They were donated in memory of congregants Hannah Miller and Mary Gleicher. Recent post repair work has taken place in preparation for that upcoming work. The lawns are regularly mowed and weeded the past several years by Liberty Care. A detailed spring cleanup and fall cleanup is conducted annually. Gravesites are reseeded as needed.
Honoring Our Dead:
It is Jewish custom that all graves are to be marked. In the past five years, the cemetery committee has made attempts to see that all remains are properly marked with permanent monuments. Sometimes families have moved away and not been able to return to do so, or members of the Jewish community have passed away as the last of their family. Thais endeavor has been conducted in conjunction and support from the firm W. W. Henderson & Son Monuments of Catskill. Families are responsible for maintaining and cleaning their monuments once they are installed. For most, a proper unveiling with family members in attendance as is tradition, is conducted a year after the deceased’s passing. In the 1980s, a monument to Jewish War Veterans and a flag pole was donated by Henderson’s. Recently the flag was again replaced by Peter Hoyt, an owner of Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, Catskill.
Annual Congregation Remembrance:
Once a year, during High Holy Days, on the Sunday morning between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, an outdoor prayer service is held at the cemetery. At that time, any old prayer books, textiles or other Judaica that is no longer usable, are buried in a proper grave. All present then walk around and mark the graves of loved ones or of those without loved ones present to mark those graves. The service usually lasts an hour and has a loyal following from the old families and newer congregants.
For information on plot sales, please call the temple office at (518) 943-5758, and leave a message for the cemetery. We offer single graves, companion plots, family plots, and cremains may be inurned on the property. The purchase of each grave includes a mandatory donation for perpetual care. In return, a notarized deed of ownership is given to the purchaser, and should be kept with the owner’s will or preplanned funeral arrangements. Temple Israel Cemetery welcomes interfaith families.
To search records for the cemetery, please follow the link to Find a Grave for the cemetery, and peruse the file, or search by the person’s name; https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2465147/temple-israel-of-catskill-cemetery. Almost every gravesite has been photographed, and in many cases, where it is found, the Hebrew is included. Our thanks to Find a Grave for hosting this information.