Herbert Barton, the executive secretary of the Hebrew Rest Cemetery Association for decades, officially retired in front of a number of his colleagues and friends after several decades in office. The reception marking his retirement was held on Monday afternoon, December 17, at 4:00 p.m. in the Temple Sinai social hall.
Andrew Polmer, the incoming president of Hebrew Rest Cemetery Association, presented Barton with a letter signed by president Carol Good, commending him for his many years of service.
Clifford Kern, a former president of Temple Sinai, will assume Barton’s position as executive secretary, effective immediately.
The letter, written on behalf of the commissioners of Hebrew Rest Cemetery Association, thanked Barton for the mitzvah of assisting them in burying members of the Jewish community. The association letter stated the association “recognizes and appreciates the services of Herbert Barton and wishes him a hearty Mazel Tov!”
The Hebrew Rest Cemetery Association is charged with the upkeep and maintenance of the Reform cemeteries that serve the Uptown Reform Jewish community of New Orleans. The rules under which it operates state that any member in good standing of Touro Synagogue or Temple Sinai or is, otherwise, a member of a URJ temple, is entitled to be buried in Hebrew Rest Cemetery. In addition to maintaining Hebrew Rest Cemeteries 1-3, the association also maintains Dispersed of Judah Cemetery on Canal Street. Hebrew Rest Cemetery No. 3, however, is the only one still providing burial plots. There are no available spaces in Hebrew Rest Cemeteries Nos. 1 and 2.
In addition, Congregation Gates of Prayer, the Reform synagogue located in Metairie, maintains its own cemeteries on Canal Street and Uptown on Joseph Street.
Orthodox, Conservative and non-affiliated Jews can make arrangements to be buried in Hebrew Rest No. 3 as well, but the attendant cost is higher than it would be for Reform members in good standing.