Sharon Memorial Park, located in an idyllic setting above the Neponset Valley in Sharon, Massachusetts has been providing peace of mind, and spiritual comfort to the Jewish community for 60 years. The beauty of the lush garden-style grounds and the continuous dedication to Community, Faith and Memory has made Sharon Memorial Park the premier Jewish memorial park in New England.

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What is a Memorial Park?

A memorial park is a modern cemetery with a difference.

The most noticeable difference is that rather than the competing headstones of traditional cemeteries, memorial parks use dignified sculptured bronze markers lying flat on landscaped plots to memorialize a grave. This allows visitors to enjoy the beautifully manicured garden-style grounds without distractions.

The concept of a memorial park is to provide visitors with an atmosphere of natural beauty, peace for quiet meditation and a sense of dignity and honor to the memory of loved ones.  

                                                                                                 

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Our Mission Statement

 

We solemnly dedicate our efforts to build a garden cemetery, which shall not only honor the dead, but also shall bring healing and hope to the living through the holiness of its beauty.  It shall have adequate endowment, guaranteeing its perpetual loveliness far into the future.  It shall express reverence and gratitude for our forebears so that all who come to visit will know that those who have gone were indeed buried with dignity and honor and remembered with affection.    

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History of Sharon

It is not a coincidence that Sharon Memorial Park was founded the same year as the modern State of Israel. It was 1948 and the post-World War II Boston Jewish community was coming into its own. The war had been over for three years. The GIs had settled in good jobs or started their own businesses. Out of the ashes of Nazi Europe was rising a new homeland in Israel, and Jews around the world felt secure, enfranchised and empowered.         
                             

One way for the Jewish community to show that it was a part of modern America was to create a modern, garden-style park with uniform bronze markers lying flat on landscaped plots as an alternative to traditional cemeteries with stone monuments. Sharon Memorial Park, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2008, is modeled after Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles but follows strict Jewish burial traditions.

In 1948, a 317-acre parcel in the towns of Sharon and Canton designated as far back as 1898 for cemetery use came on the market. A dozen business and community leaders felt the time was right for a large, modern cemetery. They seized the opportunity and created a place that could be appreciated by the living - Sharon Memorial Park.

Although the new cemetery was in rural Sharon, newspaper ads in 1949 noted that it was only nine miles from Mattapan Square which was an up and coming center of Jewish life. They hoped to attract interest from people as far away as Providence, just 30 minutes away on Route 1.

For prospective lot buyers without cars or someone to drive them, Sharon Memorial Park would send a courtesy car to bring them for a tour and a meeting with a counselor. The location and setting were so attractive that twenty-eight sponsoring Boston area synagogues reserved sections at Sharon over the years.

A chief architect and visionary of Sharon Memorial Park was Eric Marmorek of Newton who served as the park's first executive Vice President from 1949-1967. He traveled extensively to research other parks around the world. Marmorek instituted the most innovative ideas that he gleaned from other cemeteries, while always maintaining the highest standards.

In addition to being among the first modern Jewish cemeteries, Sharon Memorial Park is known in the industry for many other firsts: Sharon pioneered pre-need planning which is an industry standard today. It was the first to offer a budget payment plan with free insurance that provided for cancellation of the debt if the buyer died before the final payment. It was the first cemetery in the area to offer family burial "estates" with benches for visitors, and it was among the first to feature a visitor friendly administration building with public restrooms.

There were many other firsts. Sharon was a leader in guaranteeing to set aside a portion of each purchase price in an irrevocable trust earmarked for the perpetual care of the grounds. It was the first to name sections of the park after historic and Biblical locations in Israel. Such as Galilee, Ein Gedi, Mount of Olives and Jerusalem. Sharon includes a "Shomrei Shabbat" section for Orthodox Jews, and was one of the first cemeteries--45 years ago--to establish its Beersheba section for interments of Jewish mixed marriages.

Sharon Memorial Park is so full of nature and life that it is not unusual to see families visiting with children. Bird watchers, too, come to the grounds. Visitors may also see deer foraging in the lush hills of the park.

Despite its popularity over the years, Sharon is a long way from being at capacity. In fact, it expects to serve the public for generations to come.      


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Perpetual Care

A part of every purchase price is set aside in an irrevocable trust earmarked for the perpetual care of the grounds. Sharon Memorial Park has been called a "landscape architect's dream." The spacious lawns, myriad plantings of azaleas, rhododendrons, fruit trees and flower gardens serves as a lovely haven that comforts those who come to revere their loved ones. The landscaping includes giant boulders from Israel's Negev and Sinai regions, so the park truly contains a piece of the Holy Land.     

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Visiting the Park

 

At Sharon Memorial Park we are dedicated to providing the highest level of service.  Our administration building is open Sunday through Friday year-round (see our schedule of holiday closings) and there is always a Family Service Counselor on site to assist you.  We provide lot location maps and information, directions within the park, prayer books, yarmulkes and we can escort visitors if they are not familiar with a location.  If you call ahead, a member of our staff can prepare these items for your arrival.

Your safety is important to us. To enhance our beauty and serenity PLEASE:

  • Leave natural flowers only (no artificial flowers, balloons, pinwheels, plant hangers, baskets or other items)
  • Do not place any stones or other hard objects on the bronze memorials.
  • Potted plants, plantings or digging are not permitted.
  • Return water bottles to administration building.
  • Park vehicles on the roadways only.
  • Use vases from the months of April through November.
  • Refrain from recreational bicycling, roller blading and bringing animals to the park.
  • No solicitations of any kind are ever allowed on or about the grounds of the park.
  • Abide by the 10 mile per hour speed limit throughout the park. 

A complete listing of rules and regulations are available in the main office.



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Hours

 

Visiting Hours:


Gates open for visiting Sunday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. until sundown
Friday - gates close at 5:00 p.m.

 

 

Building Hours:

 

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 - 4:15

Friday: 8:30 - 4:00

Sunday: 8:30 - 4:00

Sunday winter hours (Nov 1 - March 15): 8:30 - 3:00

 

 

Sharon Memorial Park will be closed for the following Jewish holidays:

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Passover
Shavuot 
Rosh Hashanah
Yom Kippur
Sukkot
Shemini Atzeret
Simchat Torah

 

 

On the following holidays the building is closed but the park is open to visitors. There will be no funerals scheduled on these days.


New Years Day
4th of July
Thanksgiving
Christmas Day


For more information on the hours of operation and holidays please contact the office.

 

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Employment

 

There are presently no job openings at Sharon Memorial Park.  However, if you would like to be considered for opportunities that may arise in the future, please email your resume to the address below and we will keep the information on file.

 Email resume to: Employment Office

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Directions

 

How to Reach Sharon Memorial Park

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From Boston & Suburbs:
Follow Route 1 to Norwood. Take ramp on right (sign reads Norwood--Canton). Go half way around the rotary to Neponset Street and follow signs to Park (2.5 miles to stone bridge and take right).  Proceed approximately 1.5 miles and go left on Dedham Street. The main entrance will be 1/2 mile down Dedham Street on your left.

From South of Boston:
Follow Route 128 North to Route 95 South towards Providence. Take exit 11A (Neponset Street Canton) and follow signs to Park (1.3 miles to stone bridge and take right).  Proceed approximately 1.5 miles and go left on Dedham Street. The main entrance will be 1/2 mile down Dedham Street on your left.

From North of Boston:
Take Southeast Expressway to Route 128 North and then to Route 95 South towards Providence. Take exit 11A (Neponset Street Canton) and follow signs to Park (1.3 miles to stone bridge and take right).  Proceed approximately 1.5 miles and go left on Dedham Street. The main entrance will be 1/2 mile down Dedham Street on your left.

From West of Boston:
Follow Route 128 South to Route 95 South towards Providence. Take exit 11A (Neponset Street Canton) and follow signs to Park (1.3 miles to stone bridge and take right).  Proceed approximately 1.5 miles and go left on Dedham Street. The main entrance will be 1/2 mile down Dedham Street on your left.

From Providence:
Take Route 95 North to Exit 11A (Neponset Street Canton) and follow signs to Park (1.3 miles to stone bridge and take right).  Proceed approximately 1.5 miles and go left on Dedham Street. The main entrance will be 1/2 mile down Dedham Street on your left.

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For any information, please come to the Administration Building. It is our privilege to assist you in any way we can.

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