dolphin-cemetery1-300x213We have opened new sections at Sparkman-Hillcrest and Dolphin Road. Sales have been robust and monument lots are limited at Sparkman-Hillcrest, but space is still available. After Rosh Hashanah, prices will increase for cemetery plots at the Shearith Israel Memorial Park on Dolphin Road. To inquire about monument lots at Sparkman-Hillcrest or to secure plots at the current rate, please call Avi Mitzner at (214) 939-7304 or email him at

We are unveiling a proxy monument at Sparkman-Hillcrest in time for Kever Avot so that shul members whose loved ones are not buried in Dallas can participate in the service with us. We hope this new headstone will be a source of comfort to everyone who visits. Memorial prayers and psalms may always be said for the deceased, whether it is a yahrzeit, a Yom Tov on which we say Yizkor, Kever Avot, or any time you are in the mood to do a mitzvah.

You can pray for anyone, whether they were family, friends, or simply people about whom we have read or heard. Psalms 16, 23, and 91 are often comforting to mourners. Some people read Aishet Hayil (Proverb 31) when visiting the grave of their deceased wife, mother, or other close female relative.

Proxy headstoneDid you know that the Hebrew letters on the bottom of a tombstone form an acronym? They are the first letters of the words tehe nishmoto tseruro bitsror ha’haim, which means MAY THIS SOUL BE BOUND UP IN THE BOND OF ETERNAL LIFE.

For more information about Jewish customs of mourning and remembrance, you may wish to consult the new bereavement guide we have available both online at and from Avi Mitzner.