NOTICE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC: RESTROOMS
In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19, all Waldheim Cemetery Co. restrooms are closed to the public until further notice, including the memorial office located at 1700 S. Harlem Ave., North Riverside; our main office located at 1400 Des Plaines Ave., Forest Park; and Menorah Gardens located at 2630 S. 17th Avenue, Broadview.
PLEASE SEE THE VISITING HOURS PAGE FOR CEMETERY VISITATION HOURS SCHEDULE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
WELCOME TO WALDHEIM CEMETERY CO.
Waldheim Cemetery Co. has and continues to play an important role in the Chicagoland Jewish experience. Yet it is not merely a museum to be looked at from the outside but needs to be experienced from within the gates encompassing our 200 plus acres.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it brings, we must work as one to protect the health and safety of all, even as we are prevented from offering comfort and support in our usual ways. Waldheim Cemetery Co. is committed to complying with all Federal, State, and Local laws, including during this unprecedented pandemic, and will act in accordance with them. Specifically, Waldheim Cemetery Co. monitors and acts in accordance with guidance issued by the President of the United States, Governor Pritzker, Cook County government, the Centers for Disease Control, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, among others.
As of March 19, 2020, we continue to staff our office Monday through Friday, during our standard business hours of 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, but in a more limited capacity and with various staff working remotely. Office hours are subject to change without notice. Sunday office hours are suspended until further notice. If you are planning to visit on a Sunday, we encourage visitors to contact the office during our standard business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are limiting in-person contact to only what is essential. Our offices are closed to the public, however, our office is available by telephone Monday through Friday during our standard business hours. Staff are prioritizing essential services. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. Additionally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent events, Waldheim Cemetery Co. has adjusted its schedule accordingly for maintaining the cemetery grounds to promote the health and safety of our staff and visitors.
On November 17, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced that the State of Illinois is subject to “Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations” effective as of Friday, November 20, 2020. In accordance with the Governor’s direction, as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health guidance issued on November 17, 2020, effective as of Friday, November 20, 2020: “Funerals are limited to no more than 10 of the decedent’s immediate family members; this does not include funeral home staff, the clergy/celebrant or cemetery staff. Social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet apart must be observed, as well as other CDC guidelines, including but not limited to wearing a face covering and practicing good hand hygiene. Waldheim Cemetery Co. further requires disposable gloves to be worn for anyone participating in the interment services including shoveling of the earth or use of hand sanitizer in lieu of disposable gloves. Hand sanitizer will be available. We respectfully request that you do not visit the cemeteries if you are ill. You may be assured that we will provide dignified Jewish burials respectful of CDC guidelines. Those guidelines change rapidly, so please call our office at 708-366-4541 for current information on our operations. We want to offer you and your family every possible help during these trying times.
Please continue to be safe and follow guidance suggested by the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and as ordered by Governor Pritzker, among others.