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The Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery is located at 1901 Blue Ridge Blvd, Independence, MO 64052, and is open for visitation Sunday – Friday (before sundown). It is closed on all major Jewish holidays.

Some have a custom to visit the cemetery before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and for a yahrzeit. During the first year the grave is often visited on the sh’loshim (30 days after burial), but may be visited at any time.

Even when visiting Jewish graves of someone that the visitor never knew, the custom is to place a small stone on the grave or gravestone. This shows that someone visited the gravesite, and is also a way of participating in the mitzvah of burial. Leaving flowers is not a traditional Jewish practice. Another reason for leaving stones is to tend the grave. In Biblical times, gravestones were not used; graves were marked with mounds of stones, so by placing (or replacing) them, one perpetuated the existence of the site.

Kehilath Israel Synagogue has two memorial services annually at 11AM; usually on the Sunday in between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

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