An integral part of Judaism is keeping the name and memory of loved ones alive.
The land a Jewish cemetery occupies is considered holy, and according to Jewish tradition, Jewish burial grounds are sacred sites which must remain undisturbed in perpetuity.
Adath Israel Congregation maintains six cemeteries and one cemetery section – a large cemetery section at the Fountain Lawn Cemetery, and six smaller legacy Ahavath Israel cemeteries at the Cedar Lane complex. Additionally, there are two other cemeteries maintained by others where some of our members are buried – Greenwood Cemetery, and Ewing Cemetery. These grounds are all peaceful and tree lined.
Adath has plots available for purchase at our Fountain Lawn Section, two of the legacy Ahavath Israel cemeteries on Ridge Avenue, and four of the legacy Ahavath Israel cemeteries on Pitman Avenue at Cedar Lane (see link for more information).
On the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a special memorial service and visitation is held at the Fountain Lawn, Greenwood, and legacy Ahavath cemeteries. For exact date and times please check the Adath Israel calendar.
American flags are placed at each veteran’s grave in time for Memorial Day through the Fourth of July.
We are in the process of creating an interfaith section for Jewish and non-Jewish family members to be buried together at our Fountain Lawn Cemetery Section.
If you would like to join the committee, whose job it is to oversee our cemeteries and ensure that our deceased loved ones’ final resting places are maintained with dignity and honor, please contact the synagogue office.
The Adath Israel Cemetery Fund
The goal of the Cemetery Fund is to ensure that these sacred spaces remain tranquil, so that they may continue to be the final resting place for our loved ones in the years to come. Maintaining these cemeteries with proper respect to our loved ones is costly. Please help us respect the dignity of these sacred spaces by considering donations for yahrzeits, funerals, and for paying tribute to a lost loved one. Your contributions can be made to the Cemetery Fund on the Adath Israel donation page.
Adath Israel supports the Greater Trenton Jewish Cemetery Project (GTJCP), which was established to rehabilitate and preserve the Jewish cemeteries, dating back as far as the mid-1800s, between Pittman and Clover Avenues, including legacy Ahavath Israel cemeteries. Hundreds of graves require professional restoration and hundreds more are in need of attention.
The goal is to restore about 200 monuments that are fallen or severely leaning. The project has already removed and pruned trees, stumps, and shrubbery; and has replaced and repaired all existing fencing, walkways and signage. Please contact GTJCP at gtjcp.org for more information and to get involved in their work.
Adath Israel Cemeteries
Fountain Lawn Memorial Park – 545 Eggert Crossing Rd, Ewing Township, NJ 08638
The Adath Israel section of Fountain Lawn Memorial Park is surrounded by trees. The footstone grave markers and reflection benches create a peaceful pastoral setting.
Ahavath Israel Cemeteries
Some of the legacy Ahavath Israel cemeteries have upright headstones and others have flat gravestones. Space is limited in some of the older cemeteries.
Ahavath Israel Memorial Cemetery and Workmen’s Circle Branch 90 Cemetery – 210 Ridge Ave, Hamilton Township, NJ 08610
As you look at the cemeteries from Ridge Avenue, Workmen’s Circle with upright headstones is on the left and Ahavath Israel Memorial Cemetery with flat footstones is on the right.
Ahavath Israel Congregation Cemetery – 132 Pitman Ave, Hamilton Township, NJ 08610
This cemetery is found between Clover and Pittman Avenues, with gates on both streets. It is the cemetery to the farthest left when looking from Pittman Avenue.
Workmen’s Circle Branch 90, Ahavath Israel Congregation/AlC, and Ahavath Israel Congregation Capitol City Lodge 1 (IOAA) Cemeteries –132 Pitman Ave, Hamilton Township, NJ 08610
These cemeteries are found between Clover and Pittman Avenues, with gates on both streets. When entering these cemeteries from Pitman Avenue, the Ahavath Israel Congregation Cemetery on the far left is separated from the other three by the Young Judea and B’rith Sholom cemeteries, which are not associated with Adath Israel.
Adath Israel’s section is near the entrance to the cemetery at the corner of Greenwood and Ward Avenues in section L-NW, which is at the corner of Rosewood Avenue and Emerald Lane in the cemetery itself. The section contains flat markers, small and medium markers and large family plots.
This cemetery contains headstones of small to medium size. There is no specific Adath Israel section, but there is a Jewish area within the larger cemetery.