Judaism is a faith that deals with all aspects of life, and death is an integral part of life. At the time we are confronted with death, a myriad of emotions and questions arise. The synagogue is the place to turn for guidance and support. As there is a Jewish way of life, there is a Jewish way in death. The Rabbi and Hazzan will guide you and your loved ones through this very difficult time.
We encourage our members to contact the Rabbi before making funeral arrangements. The synagogue and the Rabbi’s telephones are not answered on Shabbat or Festivals. If a death occurs on those days the Rabbi can be contacted directly by coming to his home or to the synagogue immediately before or after worship services.
The Rabbi will assist you in assuring that all Halakhic (Jewish law) standards are followed. These include Taharah (ritual washing of the body), Tahrihim (funeral shrouds) and use of a wooden casket. The Rabbi and Hazzan will only participate in those funerals that adhere to these standards.
The congregation considers it a mitzvah to assist the bereaved family in a number of ways. The funeral service for synagogue members may be held in the CBINT sanctuary. If desired, the clergy and synagogue members will serve as minyan leaders in the house of shiva. Twice daily religious services are held at the synagogue where mourners can pray and recite Kaddish. Yearly notices of Yahrzeits will be sent, and an aliyah will be offered the week of the anniversary of death on days when the Torah is read.
The Rabbi, or in his absence the Hazzan, is available to help make funeral arrangements and attend to your practical, religious or spiritual needs. We encourage you to call them.