New cemetery tries break Jewish burial service’s monopoly

13.05.2011                      09.Ijar, 5771                      Tag 24 des Omer


New cemetery tries break Jewish burial service's monopoly

Herzliya families have had to sometimes pay tens of thousands of NIS to reserve a burial plot next to members of their family, as a result of the burial service's exclusive authority on the issue.

Herzliya is now burying its dead in a new municipal cemetery, with funerals arranged by a new municipal department in a bid to break the local burial society’s monopoly.
Burial in one’s area of residence is covered by the National Insurance Institute, but a burial society is legally permitted to charge a family to hold an adjacent plot for burying a relative in the future. This fee is regulated and averages about NIS 5,000….