Slightly more than three months after Aley Shalechet, a Funeral Home in Hod Hasharon, opened Israelâ€™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 Shalechetâ€™s owner and manager, invested more than $1 million to build what is probably the Middle Eastâ€™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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