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End of Life

At Temple Beth El, life's joys and sorrows are marked through warm, caring, spiritually deep life-cycle events. Our clergy team brings sensitivity and experience to these important passages, from birth to the end of life.
 
Our caring and knowledgeable Rabbis provide personalized rituals for all stages of life including, funerals and memorials. We are blessed to have our own Chevra Kadisha (Jewish burial society) and two Jewish cemeteries. In addition, our Women of Beth El Gift Shop offers ritual items for all of these occasions.
 
Funerals—Temple Beth El offers guidance and strength to mourning families through our clergy and our Chevra Kadisha. Graveside funeral services and burials take place in one of our two lovely cemeteries. Memorial services may be held in our sanctuary.
 
Shiva—Following burial, daily worship is held in the mourner’s home, with loved ones and community coming together to form a minyan or prayer quorum. Mourners may observe shiva for both Jewish and non-Jewish relatives. Shiva minyans are led by our rabbis or by lay leaders.
 
Yahrzeits and Yiskor services—We honor yahrzeits (the anniversary of a death) at our weekly Shabbat evening services; Yiskor memorial services are conducted on Yom Kippur after the morning service, at Shemini Atzeret, on the seventh day of Passover, and on the second day of Shavuot. It is customary to light a memorial candle at home for each of these occasions
Thu, February 2 2023 11 Sh'vat 5783