Jewish cemetery modernizes with new building, chapel

An early stage of the ongoing project to build a new administration building at Sharon Memorial Park.
An early stage of the ongoing project to build a new administration building at Sharon Memorial Park. Credit: Knollwood Cemetery Corp.

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SHARON — In 1948, the year Israel was founded, a small group of Boston-area residents decided it was time to create a spacious modern cemetery to serve the region’s Jewish population.

Sharon Memorial Park, the product of that vision, grew to become the largest Jewish cemetery in New England, and helped pioneer such industry trends as allowing families to make burial plans in advance of death.

Now, in a milestone moment for the 65-year-old cemetery, the park has embarked on a modernization project that promises to reinforce its reputation as an innovator.

The park, located on Dedham Street, this summer began construction of a 7,000-square-foot administration building that will have a 100-seat chapel, giving families the opportunity to hold indoor funeral services.

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