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07/13/13

HOME OF PEACE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION

5421 Steilacoom Blvd.

Lakewood, Washington


Mailing Address: P.O. Box 65522

Tacoma, WA  98464-1522


THE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING

SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 9 HAS BEEN

RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 9 - 12:30 PM

AT TEMPLE BETH EL, TACOMA, WASHINGTON


 

The Home of Peace Cemetery Association is the oldest permanent Jewish organization in Pierce County, Washington. Originally formed in 1888 as the First Hebrew Benevolent Society, it functions today much as it did then. Members are entitled to burial space but do not actually own a cemetery plot. At the time of need space is reserved for additional family members who have joined the cemetery association. Learn more about its history.


The Application for Membership includes a husband and wife and dependent children who are not self-supporting, such as children attending college for a four-year degree, or disabled children who are not employed. Members pay an initiation fee and annual dues. Annual membership dues are set by the board and are currently $100.00 per year. Members are billed annually for this amount, typically in January.

 

The initiation fee is based on the oldest member of the immediate family at the time of joining the association. The initiation fee can be made in payments, upon request. Adult children are encouraged to join the cemetery association at an early age, as initiation fees are lower for younger members. Currently the non-member fee is $5,400 per person.

 

At the time of need funeral costs are paid directly to the mortuary of your choice. Many members choose to work with the Gaffney Funeral Home. Fees to the rabbi of your choice are also arranged privately.


The cemetery is an independent organization, not directly connected with the local synagogue, Temple Beth El. Membership in one organization is not required by the other.

 

The Home of Peace Cemetery is served by a volunteer board of directors. In 2006 the association's bylaws were revised for the first time since 1891. The membership adopted a second revision of the bylaws on March 23, 2013 which can be found here.


All plantings must be pre-approved by the board of directors. A list of policies is under development.

 

A complete list of burials is available and online. The cemetery is private property and has posted No Trespassing signs. The cemetery's gates are open from approximately dawn until dusk. The gates are closed on Saturdays.


The cemetery is supported by annual dues, initiation and non-member fees and interest on investments. A generous gift from Susan and Jeff Brotman established the Brotman Endowment Fund. Donations may be mailed to PO Box 65522, Tacoma, WA 98464-1522.

 

To send an email for more information, please Click Here or continue for a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers. 


For driving directions to the Cemetery, please Click Here 


 

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