It is a long standing Jewish tradition to visit the grave sites of loved ones in the period surrounding the High Holidays. While a personal visit to the cemetery is the preferred way to fulfill this mitzvah, circumstances may prevent such a trip. Thanks to the internet and a website called FindaGrave, those buried in Congregation Kol Ami plots, family members interred at other cemeteries anywhere in the world and those whose only memorial is in our minds and hearts, may be visited virtually.
One feature of FindaGrave is the ability to create a virtual cemetery. A virtual cemetery gathers memorials of people who are interred in various physical cemeteries into one, online location. The Congregation Kol Ami Virtual Cemetery lists all interments in Kol Ami plots at Mount Hope and Mount Pleasant cemeteries. In addition, memorials for people who are buried around the globe, or whose ashes may have been scattered in the winds and waters of the planet, may be included in our virtual Kol Ami cemetery.
The site may be visited by going to: http://tinyurl.com/KolAmiVirtualCemetery
By clicking the name of an individual, you will be taken to his or her memorial page. There, you will find a photograph of the gravestone or other memorial (e.g. a plaque on a bench), as well as information taken from the stone, such as dates of birth and death. A few of the listings include biographical information entered by the creator of the memorial page.
For questions about the virtual cemetery or to have a name added, please contact our temple office.