Emanu El Memorial Park


Cemetery Gates

Located at 8341 Bissonnet (see a map to this location), Emanu El Memorial Park was established in 1944 shortly after the formation of the congregation. In the cemetery's original platting, an oval was designated in the center for a chapel and members of the congregation planted trees around the perimeter as a first step toward setting this land apart. A generous gift from Anne & Morris Kagan, Edna & Israel Rudy in 1980 set the process in motion to build the Kagan-Rudy Chapel, designed by Clovis Heimsath.


Emanu El Memorial Park Hours

Open every day 8am-5pm 

Burials, ceremonies and approved activities shall only be made during the cemetery's open hours, and not on Saturdays or other holy days as designated by the rabbis of the congregation.

Click here for Emanu El Memorial Park Rules & Regulations
Listen to Rabbi Walter's sermon about cemeteries and Jewish tradition.



Effective May 1, 2017, the prices for cemetery plots is as follows:

  • Members Pre-Need: $3,700.00
  • Members At-Need: $4,100.00
  • Non-Members Pre-Need: $5,950.00
  • Non-Members At-Need: $6,450.00

“Members” means those persons who are members of Congregation Emanu El of Houston, who are in good standing, and who have been members for no less than the immediate previous one year. All other persons are considered “Non-Members” for this pricing.

In addition to the aforementioned cemetery plot prices, please note that at the time of interment there will be an administrative fee of $150 (for members) and $300 (for non-members). If you have any questions about purchasing a plot, contact Alisha Klapholz at 713-529-5771 x213 or [email protected].

Other Cemetery pricing includes: 

  • Bench @ $2,000.00
  • Tree @ $1,800.00
  • Vase @ $100.00

Click here to view a map of the various sections of the cemetery

Effective May 2015, members and non-members alike will be able to identify the location of a grave prior to going out to the cemetery using our new online cemetery tool. This new user interface can be accessed by visiting http://map.ramaker.com/emanuel/. If you need assistance utilizing this site please contact Alisha Klapholz at 713-535-6421 or [email protected].

Click here for the JewishGen website about reading Hebrew headstones.

Burial Tradition

The custom of burial dates back to the Bible. According to the Book of Genesis, when Sarah died, Abraham established burial in the ground as the proper final resting place for the body of a deceased Jew. It fulfills the Jewish sense of completion – we are formed from the dust of the earth and to the dust of the earth we are returned.