Loss and Bereavement
For dust you are and to dust shall you return – Genesis 3:19
Traditional Jewish observances surrounding death and mourning address themselves to maintaining the dignity of the deceased and comforting the pain of the mourners. When a loved one dies, the sense of loss can be overwhelming, which is why Temple Beth El provides a full array of spiritual and practical assistance to help those in sorrow. These include:
- Working with family members to explain Jewish customs and rituals associated with death and mourning so they may find strength and comfort in our traditions
- Officiating at funeral services
- Coordinating shiva services and meals through TBE’s Reyut (friendship) committee
- Guaranteed daily minyans for those saying Kaddish
- The possibility of burial at Beth El Cemetery, which is adjacent to the synagogue. The cemetery is privately owned and managed by the Beth El Cemetery Association.
To learn more about Jewish traditions regarding end of life, click here. Or contact Rabbi Hammerman directly in the case of an impending or sudden family loss.