Jewish Memorial Chapel of Long Island in Hempstead, New York, is a Jewish funeral home within the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral and cemetery service providers. When you choose us for your funeral needs, you'll not only receive the compassionate care you expect from a locally operated establishment, but also the value you deserve from the largest North American network of its kind.
- Catered Receptions
- Funeral Celebrants
- Multicultural Funerals
Honoring Jewish traditions
At Jewish Memorial Chapel of Long Island, our services are designed to help you through one of the most personal and challenging stages of life. Our chapel is the only Jewish funeral home outside of Israel with a custom-made stainless steel Tahara table for ritual washing and dressing.
Specializing in serving the Jewish community in and around Hempstead and Long Island, we have a deep understanding of the customs and religious significance associated with Jewish funeral traditions. It is our continued commitment to you and your family to plan and conduct your loved one's memorial service in accordance with any and all Jewish funeral customs that are important to you.
Our funeral home facility
Our chapel was completely renovated in 1993 with updated carpeting, wallpaper, landscaping and a new circular driveway at the front of our colonial entrance. We also added a state-of-the-art operations office that's complete with computers, television monitors and customized workstations.
We understand that losing a loved one is an emotional and difficult experience. That's why we are committed to providing compassionate, professional and personal service. For us, there is no greater responsibility than preserving and honoring the legacy of one’s life. Please contact our funeral team at Jewish Memorial Chapel of Long Island if you need immediate assistance, wish to visit our funeral home or talk with our team.
Established in 1888 in Brooklyn and later incorporated into its present form in 1929, Joseph Morris, I.J. Morris Inc. had an original location at Thatford and Sutter Avenues in the Jewish community of Brownsville.
In 1928, the Morris family built the 1st formal, modern Jewish funeral home in Brooklyn. Prior to the opening of this funeral home, Jewish funerals were mostly serviced and conducted at the family residence—or in some cases, at the synagogue. This modern facility further enhanced the reputation of the Morris funeral firm in New York City. From the time the new funeral home opened until the property was sold to the city of New York for public housing, I.J. Morris conducted approximately 2,500 funerals a year.
Expansions and added amenities
In 1946, I.J. Morris opened one of the largest establishments in the U.S. at Rockaway Parkway and Church Avenue in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Complete with 10 reposing rooms, large lobbies, two chapels with fixed pew seating capacities of 250 and 600 respectively, the new facility had the city’s largest funeral home parking lot and was located directly across the street from one of Brooklyn’s largest private medical centers, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center.
In 1953, Nassau County was the fastest growing county in the U.S., as returning soldiers and younger generations moved to the suburbs. The Morris family followed, opening the 1st Jewish funeral chapel establishment in Nassau County that same year. Fast-forward to the early 70s and the burgeoning Brookdale Hospital Center needed room for expansion and purchased our Brooklyn location. This provided the Morris family with the opportunity to build a state-of-the-art funeral facility in central Brooklyn. The Flatbush Avenue location open in February 1975.
Two years later in 1977, I.J. Morris opened Suffolk County's 1st and only Jewish funeral home in prestigious Dix Hills, located in the town of Huntington, New York. In 1989, a new dimension of our service—Monuments by I.J. Morris—was created in response to the request of families looking for assistance and guidance regarding monuments.
Throughout our history, I.J. Morris has recognized the need to remain in contact with the people who spend winter months in (or have permanently relocated to) Florida. In February 1993, we established an I.J. Morris affiliate with a physical presence in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Reputation and goodwill
For over a century, I.J. Morris has upheld its pillars of fairness, honest dealing, sensitivity to special secular and religious needs and professionalism. Our reputation and commitment to goodwill remains strong.