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NOTICE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC: RESTROOMS

Restrooms are currently provided at Menorah Gardens located at 2630 S. 17th Avenue, Broadview. In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19, all other restrooms are closed to the public until further notice.

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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.

The Cook County Department of Public Health has issued COVID-19 Phase 5 reopening guidance removing all capacity limits and restrictions on all sectors of the economy. This guidance is effective Friday, June 11, 2021.

  • Upon entering Phase 5, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • Under Phase 5, all sectors of the economy can resume at regular capacity.  Phase 5 also marks the return of traditional conventions, festivals, and large events without capacity restrictions. Large gatherings of all sizes can resume across all industry settings, and Phase 5 removes requirements that businesses institute mandatory social distancing in seated venues as well as daily health screenings of employees and visitors.
  • Illinois will continue to recommend face coverings for unvaccinated persons, as well as all individuals on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation; in transportation hubs, such as airports and train and bus stations; in congregate facilities such as correctional facilities, veterans’ homes, and long-term care facilities, group homes, and residential facilities; and in healthcare settings.
  • Businesses and venues should continue to allow for social distancing to the extent possible, especially indoors. Businesses and venues may also continue to put in place additional public health mitigations as they deem appropriate, including requiring face coverings.

These guidelines change rapidly in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, so please call our office at (708) 366-4541 during regular business hours for current information on our operations. We want to offer you and your family every possible help during these trying times. Given the limited staffing in our office during regular business hours and other staff working remotely, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries. We appreciate your patience, cooperation, and understanding during this unprecedented time.

We aim to provide the best care within the restrictions and guidelines of our Federal, State, and Local health officials, government, and leadership.

In order to help you better plan your visit, please refer to the schedule below. Face-to-face appointments have been suspended and all communication will be conducted through the phone and/or email, with priority being given to interments and other essential services.

Please continue to be safe and follow guidelines suggested by the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and as ordered by Governor Pritzker.