The Zohar states that “… That which constitutes a real person is the soul, the rest being only garments which cover the inner essence. When people depart this earth, they put off their outer coverings and continue to live by virtue of the soul, which is immortal.”
On September 16, hundreds of our fellow Jews will make their annual pilgrimage to the Charlotte Hebrew Cemetery in order to memorialize Charlotte’s departed Jewish souls at the Cemetery Association’s Annual Memorial Service. Some of those who will attend have loved ones buried at the cemetery. Others will attend to honor the memory of loved ones buried elsewhere. And still others will attend to honor and show respect to the souls of strangers who preceded them in eternal life.
What draws hundreds of people to attend a memorial service held at a cemetery on a Sunday morning? Those of us who have been living in Charlotte for a while recognize the uniqueness of our Jewish community. It is a community that acknowledges the goodness in people and celebrates the contributions that each Jew makes to our continued history. The continuity of our people rests on our traditions, on our rituals, on our past, our present and our future. We are a people who remembers. We remember our past and we never forget those who influenced our lives in such great ways. Their traditions, their ideals, their love and devotion – we hold to them fast, and they cannot die or vanish from off the face of the earth as long as we cherish those memories.
The men, women, and children buried at Charlotte’s Hebrew Cemetery were the folks who shaped our unique community. They were the visionaries who planned for, created and contributed to the wonderful Jewish community that we all enjoy today. We are a people who remembers and thus we cannot forget our debt to all those who preceded us in eternal life as each one of them accounts for our miraculous survival as a people. Their precious souls are to be celebrated by each one of us enjoying the world they left behind.
We can participate in that celebration by attending this year’s annual Memorial Service, by visiting the cemetery periodically during the year, and by membership in the Hebrew Cemetery Association. Your tax deductible annual dues of $72 gives you the opportunity to honor the souls of those who preceded you in eternal life by guaranteeing a dignified and sanctified final resting place for their immortal souls, as well as for your own when the time comes.
The Charlotte Hebrew Cemetery Association is a non-profit committee of Jewish volunteers who care about the sanctity and dignity of those who precede us in eternal life. We believe that the cemetery is a Beit Olim, a house of two worlds…a sacred domain where the two worlds meet with a kiss: the world going out and the future coming in.
For more information about membership benefits, graves, prepaid funeral costs, endowment donations, and/or including the cemetery in your estate planning, contact Cemetery Director, Sandra Goldman, at 704- 576-1859 or 704-944-6854 or email@example.com. Visit the website of the Hebrew Cemetery Association of Charlotte at hebrewcemetery.org.
Annual Memorial Service
1801 Statesville Ave
Sunday, September 16 at 10:30 AM sharp, rain or shine.
May all you all blessed with a sweet and healthy New Year. L’Shanah Tovah.