We support our congregants in their most profound time of need. Our rabbis are available 24 hours a day to members who have experienced loss or are in extremis. The rabbis perform funerals, often meeting at home with families, and help to organize with our Religious Practices Committee any shiva minyan (mourning gathering) if requested. Members and their parents are entitled to have rabbinic officiation at Beth Am. The rabbis are also willing to help non-members find freelance rabbis if needed.
To schedule an appointment with the rabbis, contact our Executive Assistant at 206-525-0915 x201.
Temple Beth Am owns and operates a Jewish cemetery, Gan Shalom (Garden of Peace). It is within Evergreen-Washelli’s Abbey View Cemetery in Brier (3600 Alaska Road), about 20 minutes north of the Temple. Members, as well as non-members, may be buried here. We also work with many funeral homes, and will do burials in the Jewish section of any cemetary.
From Lake City Way:
- Follow Lake City Way northbound, continue as it becomes Bothell Way and SR 22.
- Turn left at 61st Ave NE at Jack In The Box.
- Turn left on 193rd Street. (Watch for Abbey View signs.)
- Turn right on 55th Ave NE.
- Turn left on Alaska Road.
- This will lead to Abbey View Memorial Park at 3600 Alaska Road, Brier.
- Once you’ve turned into the cemetery, proceed to the top of the hill.
From I-5 going north:
- Take Exit 178 to 236th SW and turn right.
- At Cedar Way (also known as 44th W.) turn left.
- At 228th SW turn right, continue past fire station and just before crest of hill turn right on 35th W.
- At fork in road, bear right and follow 35th Ave NE to cemetery.
Purchasing a Plot
Buying a cemetery plot gives the purchaser the right on internment within agreed Temple Beth Am Jewish practices and cemetery endowment care. There is no sale of real property. Third party sales of the right to interment are allowed as long as the third party buyer meets the eligibility standards as noted in these policies. On all third party sales, Temple Beth Am has the right of first refusal at the original sales price.
The price of plots is determined by the Cemetery Committee with approval by the Temple Beth Am Board. Members and non-members will pay separate prices. Prices are available, in writing, at the Temple Beth Am and Evergreen-Washelli offices. Temple Beth Am will make some plots available for indigent member burials. The Temple Beth Am Executive Director, or Temple Beth Am Rabbi, will decide these matters according to the cemetery budget and other factors.
All non-discounted purchases can be paid in equal monthly installments for up to 24 months with no interest as long as the account remains current. If an account becomes 90 days delinquent or more, 1%/month will be charged and retained by Evergreen-Washelli. All purchases must be paid in full before burial. Discounted sales prices must be paid in full at time of purchase.
Upon purchaser’s request, Temple Beth Am, at its option, may refund a member’s purchase, less ten percent (10%) of the sales price.
Evergreen-Washelli acts as Temple Beth Am’s non-commissioned sales agent. Evergreen-Washelli collects purchaser’s fees, writes up sales on its standard forms, credits all amounts to Temple Beth Am’s account, and routinely notifies Temple Beth Am of all transactions. Evergreen-Washelli shall charge its standard transfer of title fee to the purchaser.
Plots are 3’ by 7’, and are hand dug to a depth of about four feet. No concrete liners or vaults are used. To facilitate this practice, an additional charge will be applied to Evergreen-Washelli’s standard open and closing charges. One 32” x 20” flush memorial marker is allowed on a single grave, and one 44” x 22” flush memorial marker on side-by-side graves. Two sets of cremated remains shall be allowed in a single grave utilizing a single memorial marker. Inscriptions include appropriate names, years of birth and death, and Jewish symbols. Additional writing or symbols must be approved, in writing, by the Cemetery Committee. No borders outlining the graves, or private plantings, are allowed anywhere within the cemetery.
Religious Burial Practices
Only Jewish clergy approved by the Temple Beth Am Rabbis may officiate at burial services. The cemetery will be closed for burials during Shabbat and Jewish festival days. There will be only Jewish religious symbols in the cemetery, even within caskets. Temple Beth Am Rabbis make the final determination on all cemetery religious practices.
The sanctuary of Temple Beth Am and the chapels at the cemetery are available for funeral or memorial services in accordance with established policies and fee schedules.
A complete plat is maintained in the Temple Beth Am Executive Director’s office showing all graves by number and the name of the person whose remains are therein, including the dates of birth, death and placement, or in whose name the plot is reserved.
Any person desiring an exception to these policies may appeal to the Cemetery Committee by stating the desired deviation and reasons. Any single committee member, in conjunction with the Rabbi or Executive Director, shall carefully consider the request and its consequences before reaching a decision, which shall be final.