The Beth David Cemetery, located in Elmont New York, has been serving the Jewish community in Long Island, as well as other New York boroughs, since 1917. To date, over 100,000 individuals have been buried in the sprawling grounds of the dignified and expertly manicured and maintained cemetery that extends for blocks in mid-Long Island.
Surrounded by neighborhoods filled with rural residences and quiet tree-lined streets, the community offers an intriguing blend of historical and modern architecture. Beth David Cemetery, also known as Elmont Cemetery, provides a wide range of Jewish services and rituals for departed loved ones nestled peacefully amidst this diverse rural area a short distance from the bustle of downtown New York City.
Surrounded by fresh ocean breezes, Elmont Cemetery is located just minutes east from LaGuardia and north of JFK International airports. Access is available through a variety of routes, the most common being the Cross Island Parkway to the west, the Hempstead Turnpike to the north, and Elmont Road, which borders the cemetery grounds to the west. Access is available from New York City boroughs as well as New Jersey.
With a history rich in Revolutionary War lore and patriotism, the community of Elmont was among the first of under a dozen on Long Island to form a patriot militia. Long Island Sound to the north and Jamaica Bay to the south, offer respite and soothing breezes to visitors to the grounds in spring and summer, but bring the bite of winter in cooler months, so staff suggests that visitors dress accordingly.
A multitude of Jewish family gates, monuments, and plaques attest to the rich history of former inhabitants of Long Island, as well as surrounding New York boroughs. The vast properties of the cemetery are maintained by 50 employees who take care of the grounds as well as the needs of visitors strolling their way among the sprawling acres of the grounds