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Jewish Joint Burial Society


The Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS) was founded to provides funerals (burial or cremation) for synagogue members as part of the benefits of belonging to a particular synagogue. Currently, JJBS has some 40 member synagogues spread across the Reform, Masorti and Liberal Movements, as well as Independent synagogues, covering in total over 17,000 synagogue members.(1) 

Basic Data


Jewish Joint Burial Society

Head Office:

Victoria Road, Wanstead, London E11 1UL

When Founded:




Legal & Charitable Status:

The society is a registered (non-profit) company, Jewish Joint Burial Society (company no. 937882), a private company limited by guarantee without share capital, incorporated on 27 August 1968.

It is also a registered charity (no. 257345). The governing document is the Articles of Association of 27 August 1968 as amended in June 2015.(2)

Governance & Activities(3)

The Society is governed by a Board of Governors (Trustees). Each member synagogue has the power to appoint one voting governor and an alternate. The Society's Board consists of these nominated governors and also not more than eight elected governors who are elected by the other governors.

  • For London Synagogue members, the Society provides a burial plot or a cremation and pays for the cost of a standard funeral. The main burial ground is at Cheshunt (see below).

  • The National Synagogue members generally bury outside the London area and the funeral is organised by the local synagogue instead of the Society. The Society makes a contribution towards the total cost of the funeral up to pre-determined limits.

Member Synagogues

Of the current 42 synagogues who are members of JJBS, 30 are member synagogues of the Movement for Reform Judaism, seven are from Masorti Judaism, three are from Liberal Judaism and two are Independent synagogues.(4).


Movement for Reform Judaism Member Synagogues:

Masorti Judaism Member Synagogues:


Liberal Judaism Member Synagogues:


Independent Member Synagogues:


Online Articles and Other Material relating to the Jewish Joint Burial Society

  • Annual Reports & Accounts filed with Companies House and/or the Charities Commission (pdf)


Cemeteries of Jewish Joint Burial Society

  • Bulls Cross Ride Cemeteries, Cheshunt, Herts. EN7 5HT (see also IAJGS Cemetery Project - Cheshunt) - the Society's principal cemetery, comprising:

    • Western Cemetery, - run by the Western Foundation. JJBS acquired a large dedicated area in this cemetery from the Western Synagogue (which later merged into the Western Marble Arch Synagogue). The Western Marble Arch Synagogue retains retains the its own dedicated area, as well as the section used by the burial society of the former independent West End Great Synagogue.

    • Woodland Cemetery - This cemetery allows members to choose to be buried in an environmentally-friendly way, in a beautiful natural environment, surrounded by newly planted trees. The grave can be marked with a small flat gravestone which is intended to sink into the ground over the years

  • New Southgate Cemetery, Brunswick Park Road, London N11
    This had been the cemetery of the former Hendon Reform Synagogue until its 2015 merger with Edgware & District Reform Synagogue, after which the cemetery passed to JJBS. The cemetery is almost full and any future burials are primarily reserved for former members of the Hendon Reform Synagogue. (See also IAJGS Cemetery Project - New Southgate).

  • Edgwarebury Cemetery, Edgwarebury Lane, Edgware HA8 8QP
    JJBS arranges a number of burials at this cemetery in conjuction with Liberal Judaism and the West London Reform) Synagogue, both of whom have their own sections at the cemetery, based upon pre-existing arrangements.  (See also IAJGS Cemetery Project - Edgwarebury)

  • Hoop Lane Crematorium, Hoop Lane, Golders Green, London NWII
    Cremations are performed at this crematorium and the ashes may then be intered at one of the Society's cemeteries.  (For additional information, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Hoop Lane)


References and Notes   (returns to main text)

  1. JJBS website, last accessed 14 October 2022.

  2. Charities Commission and Company House websitse (both in beta trial stage), accessed 31 May 2018.

  3. Society's Annual Report and Finanacial Statements for Year ended 31 December 2016.

  4. Although the JJBS website, last accessed 14 October 2022, refers to 43 member synagogues (28 Reform, 9 Masorti, 4 Liberal and 2 Independent), it actually list only the 42 member synagogues listed here - 29 Reform, 7 Masorti, 4 Liberal and 2 Independent (Tikvah Chadasha being listed as Liberal).

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Page most recently amended: 14 September 2023

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