A Dream Come True for the Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia Area Jewish Community
In the early 1990s, Jewish religious and lay leaders first envisioned a new memorial park so inclusive that it would become the cemetery for the entire greater Washington, D.C. Jewish community. That dream became reality in the fall of 2000 when we opened and dedicated the Garden of Remembrance (Gan Zikaron) Memorial Park, located in Clarksburg, Maryland in Montgomery County. (Click here for a site map of the Memorial Park). The Garden of Remembrance offers comprehensive services in accordance with all branches of Judaism, reflecting the full range of Jewish practices and honoring personal preferences.
Dedicated to the Entire Jewish Community, Offering Many Burial Options.
The Garden of Remembrance is the region’s only not-for-profit cemetery open to members of all Jewish congregations as well as those unaffiliated with a congregation.
It is Jewish owned and operated, and managed by a board of community leaders. Congregations and individuals trust us to carry out burial arrangements with dignity and respect, in accordance with Jewish values and practices. As a not-for-profit organization, the Garden of Remembrance returns funds in excess of operating expenses and capital needs back to the local Jewish community. Each year the Memorial Park invites the region’s entire Jewish community to a memorial service at the cemetery to mark the High Holy Day Season.
Range of Services
Burial sites are available with a choice of upright memorials, slanted monuments, and flat grass-level granite or bronze markers. The space allocated for each gravesite is larger than other Jewish cemeteries in the area to accommodate memorial markers.
A limited number of Forest Glades in a tranquil setting surrounded by forest trees and meadow groves lined with tall pines provide a private family section for up to twenty burial sites. Legacy Gardens surrounded by boxwood hedges are available for families wishing to reserve a distinct section of six, eight, or ten family plots. Unique Forest Groves are offered for boulders containing cremated remains. Mausoleums and Columbariums offer above-ground entombment in the tradition of our ancestors, Abraham and Sarah.
Funeral and Burial Services
When you choose the Garden of Remembrance, you join in a sacred bond with and help strengthen the greater Washington area Jewish community. As the region’s most inclusive Jewish cemetery, the nonprofit Memorial Park offers comprehensive services in accordance with all branches of Judaism, reflecting the full range of Jewish practices and honoring personal preferences. Funeral services are held graveside, in our beautiful outdoor Gazebo, or in our new Memorial Center & Chapel.
We are proud to have twenty-nine Partner Congregations that have purchased individual sections within the memorial park for their members.
Our Community Gardens offer a wide range of cemetery plot locations and options for those not affiliated with a synagogue. Our Family Gardens sections consist of beds of tall grasses and perennial flowers with low, slant family memorial markers. A limited number of distinct sections to group loved ones together in a final resting place are available for families providing a sense of closeness, privacy and solitude. The Memorial Park offers Legacy Gardens for 4, 6, 8, or 10 family burial sites and Forest Glades which accommodate up to twenty family burial sites. The Legacy Gardens and Forest Glades include a contribution to our nonprofit memorial park.
Certified as a Hybrid Green Burial Cemetery by the Green Burial Council, the Gan Zikaron Green Burial Garden prohibits the use of concrete liners and upright memorial markers. Our unique Forest View woodlands is offered for individual or companion “Back to Nature” boulders containing cremated remains. Mausoleums and Columbariums offer above-ground entombment in the tradition of our ancestors, Abraham and Sarah.
All site purchases include an additional 10% contribution to the Garden of Remembrance Endowed Care Fund to provide perpetual care.
Our Caring Staff
The Garden of Remembrance (Gan Zikaron) Memorial Park is fortunate to have a special group of experienced and caring staff members to serve our families, clergy, and friends. To contact one of our staff, please click on their name.