200 ask for cremation in 1st Israeli crematorium

By MATTHEW WAGNER
October 11, 2005 18:29

Slightly more than three months after Aley Shalechet, a Funeral Home in Hod Hasharon, opened Israel’s first crematorium, more than 200 Israelis have m

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Slightly more than three months after Aley Shalechet, a Funeral Home in Hod Hasharon, opened Israel’s first crematorium, more than 200 Israelis have made plans to be cremated when they pass away and about 30 have already been cremated. Alon Nativ, Aley Shalechet’s owner and manager, invested more than $1 million to build what is probably the Middle East’s first and only crematorium, located in Hadera. Nativ, who began operating the crematorium in June of this year, said that about one-third of his customers are non-Jews from the former Soviet Union. However, most are Jews who were either born in Israel or arrived here many decades ago, he said.


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