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End of Life

“Hamakom y’nachem etkhem b’tokh sha’ar avelei tziyon viyrushalayim”
(May God comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem)

Our Jewish tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals – Kriah (tearing of a garment), Levayah (funeral procession), Hesped (eulogy), Kevurah (burial) and Shivah (seven days of mourning).  Congregation Beth Emeth offers a climate of dignity, comfort and reflection in times of death. Our Clergy can perform interment services and they can be held at the synagogue, graveside, or at the funeral chapel.

For burials in the Capital District, contact Levine Funeral Home - 518 436-1002.  They in turn, will contact Beth Emeth clergy and staff.  CLICK HERE for more information regarding internment at the Beth Emeth Cemetery in Loudonville along with establishing a Perpetual Memorial.

Please call the synagogue as soon as you hear of a death in your family, even if the funeral will be out of town. Our Clergy are here to support you in your grief, with a call or visit, as well as guidance with arrangements, how to talk to children, and planning for shivah. 

Death & Mourning Resources

What to Expect at a Jewish Funeral
Jewish tradition teaches that human beings are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). This is the underpinning of all of the rituals and customs that make up a Jewish funeral.

11 Questions & Answers to Help You Talk to Children About Death
Sometimes we have no choice but to discuss death for the first time when a child experiences it firsthand.

Yahrzeit Calculator
It is a mitzvah (commandment) to observe yahrzeit, the anniversary of the day of death, by reciting Kaddish and attending synagogue services.

Preparing for a Jewish Funeral: A Guide
The death of a loved one is so often a painful and confusing time for members of the family and dear friends. This guide will assist you in planning the funeral as well as offer helpful information…

Wed, May 18 2022 17 Iyar 5782