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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE
SEATTLE SEPHARDIC BROTHERHOOD
August 12, 2014
We, the board of the Seattle Sephardic Brotherhood, are constantly striving to serve our membership to preserve and honor our past, take care of our present needs, and always be looking to the future needs of our community. After 79 years of operation of our cemetery we have arrived at the point where we currently only have the same number of available plots as we do existing members.
THEREFORE, THE BOARD HAS VOTED TO PLACE A 24 MONTH TEMPORARY MORATORIUM
ON ANY NEW MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS. ALSO, WE WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT
NON-BROTHERHOOD MEMBER FUNERALS.
We have had a plan in place for the last fifteen years to purchase additional land for future expansion. We currently own three of the four houses east of the cemetery, which are always rented, earning the Brotherhood income until the land is needed. If and when we acquire the fourth house, we would make a presentation to the city and the neighborhood to attempt to get the necessary permits from the City of Shoreline for a possible expansion of our existing cemetery. Our hope is that the land from the four houses will solve our future expansion needs. In order to do the responsible thing, until we have all the permits needed or find an additional cemetery site, our obligation is to take care of our current membership.
Any current obligations made by the Brotherhood to individuals will continue to be honored, including being buried in our current location on 167th.