Temple Israel of the City of New York was founded in the year 1870 as Congregation Hand-in-Hand. The congregation was located in Harlem until the 1920's when it followed the migration of Jews in New York City to the Upper West Side. Forty years later, the synagogue once again relocated to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where it continues today as a vital Reform congregation. We place great value on the continuity and intimacy of our community - commitments which extend to our cemetery as well. We believe in perpetuating the ideals and ethics of our tradition while incorporating the flexibility and insights of modern society. Throughout its existence, the cemetery has remained a central and sacred focus of Temple Israel. The Hebrew term for cemetery is "beit olam" - an eternal home. Temple Israel prides itself on maintaining a comforting, dignified, spiritually enriching home for both the living, and those whose spirits continue to dwell among us.
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