As a family-owned Jewish funeral provider, we understand Jewish burial customs and the religious significance associated with Jewish funeral tradition. When you choose Star of David Memorial Chapels, you will have the assurance that you and your family will be served with the utmost respect and in accordance with the Jewish funeral and burial customs that are important to you.
After you call your Jewish Star of David Memorial Chapels Funeral Director, the first person to be called should be your rabbi or the deceased’s rabbi. A Shomer or “watchman” stays with the deceased from death until the funeral and burial. Star of David Memorial Chapels has people available to serve as Shomereim and will arrange for this service if the family wishes.
Star of David Memorial Chapels will coordinate a time for the service that allows for the family’s needs and the time constraints of the rabbi and cemetery. Depending upon a congregation’s policy, a service may be held in the temple or synagogue. Many people today are opting for services at the cemetery only. Because we at Star of David Memorial Chapels specialize in graveside services, we are prepared for and can accommodate any size of service.
Respect is always shown to the deceased as well as toward the mourners. This is one of the reasons why Traditional Jewish funerals are held so soon after death. Interning the body within a reasonable time is more respectful than having an unnecessary delay. This is a decision the family should make in consultation with their rabbi. Funerals usually last about twenty minutes, including reciting psalms, scripture readings, and a eulogy.
We accompany the deceased to their final resting place. The tradition is that the Kaddish prayer is not recited until after the casket has been lowered and the grave filled. Dating back to Biblical times, the preference for Jewish people has been earth burial, and that Jewish funeral custom remains strong today. In some parts of the country, above-ground mausoleum entombments are popular; when a family chooses to have an entombment, they should check with their rabbi, as some are reluctant to officiate at a mausoleum.
Choosing a casket is a very emotional and personal decision. You are, in essence, forced to decide upon the last item you will ever purchase for your loved one. Additionally, everyone’s set of circumstances is different. We at Star of David Memorial Chapels recognize the difficulty in making this decision and want to provide information to assist you in making the best decision, especially in light of your circumstances. Please contact us at any time with any questions you may have.
The anniversary of the death of a person is called the Yahrzeit and is traditionally observed based on the Hebrew calendar. Star of David Memorial Chapels sends a reminder in the mail a few weeks before the Yahrzeit. The yahrzeit is observed by lighting a twenty-four-hour candle the evening before the day of the yahrzeit, and most people recite the Kaddish and take a few moments of introspection and thought. Most congregations recite the name of the deceased whose yahrzeit is observed during the Shabbat services closest to the date.
Although there is nothing in traditional Judaism that requires an unveiling or dedication service, most families choose to have some sort of ceremony when the grave marker or headstone is put in place. We are required by tradition to mark the grave of a deceased and consider this process a part of the Jewish death ritual, and the most common time for this to take place is close to the first yahrzeit. But, traditionally, the marker or monument can be set in place any time after Shloshim. Some authorities allow the marker or monument to be installed at the conclusion of Shiva.
A Matzava, or headstone, can be as elaborate or as simple as the family wishes, so long as it conforms to the rules and regulations of the cemetery. The person’s Hebrew name is often inscribed along with the dates of birth and death. Your rabbi will be helpful in having the deceased’s Hebrew name correctly inscribed in the monument and helping you prepare an unveiling ceremony if you choose not to have a rabbi officiate. Star of David Memorial Chapels can help you select an appropriate memorial for the grave.
Many times, a family is faced with a sudden or unanticipated death and they do not have cemetery property. Star of David Memorial Chapels can help you make the necessary arrangements for purchasing a grave. The selection of a cemetery should not be made in haste. Many factors must be considered before a final choice of a cemetery is made.
It is common for people to plan for their financial future, and there are many forms that this planning takes. An essential part of planning for the future should include the discussion of what you and your family’s wishes are for a funeral. Star of David Memorial Chapels offers funeral methods through a trust fund. Each state has different rules and regulations that govern how these trusts and policies can be established. Your funeral director will explain how this will affect your situation.
By pre-arranging a funeral through Star of David Memorial Chapels Jewish Funeral Home Long Island, you can be assured that your wishes will be carried out as you specifically expressed. In addition, we can guarantee that the price you pay now will provide the services you select, no matter when they need to be provided. We have flexible payment programs, and any of our qualified funeral directors can explain in detail how this plan can fit into your financial planning.
In today’s ever-changing economic environment, there are times when asset management becomes critically important. Many people need to use nursing home services and sometimes apply for various forms of public assistance. In each of these instances, a pre-paid, guaranteed funeral trust Star of David Memorial Chapels, can be used to meet the financial restrictions that some of these benefits impose. We’re here to assist you with planning for proper Jewish burial customs and make this time easier for you and your family.
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