It served its purpose from the first half of 15th century until 1786. Renowned personalities of the local Jewish community were buried here; among them rabbi Jehuda Liva ben Becalel – Maharal (ca. Gravestones.
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The Jewish Cemetery in Weißensee is the largest in Europe .
Franz Kafka is buried in the New Jewish Cemetery , which opened around 1890 when the older Jewish cemetery – at the foot of the TV Tower – was closed. To find his grave, follow the main avenue east (signposted), turn right at row 21, then left at the wall; it’s at the end of the ‘block’.
But many followers of Judaism believe their religion forbids the burial of Jewish people alongside those of other faiths, or no faith. As a result, the vast majority of Jewish cemeteries are restricted to Jewish people. Another issue is cremation.
The land of the cemetery is considered holy and a special consecration ceremony takes place upon its inauguration. According to Jewish tradition, Jewish burial grounds are sacred sites and must remain undisturbed in perpetuity. Establishing a cemetery is one of the first priorities for a new Jewish community.
To avoid breaking close family ties, non- Catholic members of Catholic families may be interred in a Catholic cemetery . In the Archdiocese, Catholic burial , including the funeral Mass, is permitted for a baptized non- Catholic who might reasonably be presumed to desire or prefer Catholic burial services.