The first Green Burial Council-certified natural burial ground in New Mexico will dedicate a section specifically for Jewish burials on Sunday, June 10, 2018, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Jewish Federation of New Mexico and La Puerta Natural Burial Ground worked together to create this section specifically for Jewish people and their families.
Rabbi Min Kantrowitz will lead the dedication ceremony. All are welcome to attend and learn more about natural burial! Please bring sunscreen, a hat, or umbrella. Water will be provided.
Jewish burial is naturally green burial – no embalming, cotton or linen burial garments, and the body is placed in contact with the earth. Learn more at this blog post.
The burial plots at La Puerta Natural Burial Ground are remarkably affordable: $450 for a full body plot, plus $245 for the opening and closing of the grave. Burial of biodegradable urns with cremated remains is $250, including the opening/closing cost.
Bodies can be buried in a shroud or a simple pine casket. No liner is required. The depth of the grave for a shroud burial is four feet deep, and caskets are placed five to six feet deep. New Mexico state regulations require a minimum of three feet of earth be placed above a casket.