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Guidelines for Supporting Congregants in Times of Death, Mourning and Bereavement

When there is a need for assistance and support following the death of a loved one, please know that your rabbis and lay leadership are available for you and your family. If a funeral is occurring in your family you may want to refer to the following guidelines:

1. Notify Rabbi Linda or Rabbi Nathan by phone through the BI office (610-566-4645) or by email ( The rabbis check both locations frequently.

2. You may want to use a funeral home to help with some arrangements. Please tell them to contact the synagogue office to coordinate building use, if currently allowed. The Jewish funeral homes serving the Philadelphia and suburban areas are listed below:

Goldstein's Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks Funeral Directors, Inc. at (215-927-5800)

Joseph Levine and Son, Inc. at (215-942-4700)

Berschler and Shenberg Funeral Chapels, Inc. (215-329-2900)

In Wilmington - Schoenberg Memorial Chapel (302-762-0334) 

3. Purchase a cemetery plot, if needed. Congregation Beth Israel has arranged with Har Jehuda cemetery (8400 Lansdowne Ave, Upper Darby) to have a number of plots available for purchase by BI members. For more information, contact the Beth Israel office.

At the end of the first year of mourning, it is traditional to install a headstone at the gravesite and have an unveiling ceremony. The rabbis can assist you with this process.

Please contact the office to add your loved one's yahrzeit to the BI database for annual reminders. They can also assist if you wish to purchase a memorial plaque to place in the sanctuary.

Although death and funeral arrangements are sensitive topics that many people don't speak about until the need arises, your rabbis encourage you to discuss these topics in advance. They are pleased to help facilitate the necessary conversations.


Fri, July 19 2024 13 Tammuz 5784