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Mount Lebanon has announced that construction has begun for the expansion of The Sanctuary, New York City’s only above-ground Jewish Community Mausoleum.

Mount Lebanon has announced that construction has begun for the expansion of The Sanctuary, New York City’s only above-ground Jewish Community Mausoleum.

Located in Glendale, Mount Lebanon has responded to the ever-growing trend toward above-ground burial with the construction of three public mausoleums. A public or community mausoleum at Mount Lebanon gives Jewish families the opportunity to be entombed above ground, in a single or double crypt space, without the expense of constructing a private building. The Sanctuary also has niche walls, which provide an above-ground place for cremated remains. Above-ground burial is a one-time cost. There are no additional expenses like memorial stones or gardening maintenance.

The Sanctuary at Mount Lebanon, constructed in 1992, is the first Jewish indoor mausoleum in New York City. A chapel area is the focal point of the building, which provides space for funeral or unveiling services.

Since most of the indoor spaces at The Sanctuary have been reserved, the cemetery developed plans for a significant expansion.

“This is a memorable time in the history of the cemetery,” said Jay L. Ivler, president. “While we also continue to provide a variety of traditional burial options, we also can now provide individuals and families who seek an above-ground option in year-round climate controlled comfort.”

Mount Lebanon is located at 7800 Myrtle Avenue. To learn more, call 718-821-0200 or visit www.mountlebanoncemetery.com.

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