FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT JEWISH FUNERAL CUSTOMS


Entrance Gates at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills A special place for Jewish Funeral Customs

We often hear from our client families and service attendees who are not familiar with many of the Jewish funeral customs performed by Mount Sinai. If you have additional questions about Jewish funeral customs for which you would like to know the answer, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Information About Jewish Funeral Customs For Family Members

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WHAT INFORMATION WILL I NEED TO PROVIDE WHEN A LOVED ONE PASSES?

HOW WILL WE SELECT A TIME AND DATE FOR THE FUNERAL?

WHO WILL OFFICIATE AT THE FUNERAL?

I WAS ADVISED TO CONTACT THE CHEVRA KADISHA INSTEAD OF MOUNT SINAI. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

 

WHAT TYPES OF CASKETS CAN BE USED?

HOW SHOULD THE DECEASED BE CLOTHED?

WHO CAN BE A PALLBEARER?

IS IT APPROPRIATE TO PLAY MUSIC OR SHOW A VIDEO DURING THE SERVICE?

DO YOU HAVE TO BE JEWISH TO BE BURIED AT MOUNT SINAI?

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE ACTUAL SERVICE?

HOW IS THE BURIAL CONDUCTED?

WHAT HAPPENS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FUNERAL?

WHAT IS THE TRADITIONAL OBSERVANCE IN THE WEEK FOLLOWING THE FUNERAL?

CAN I MAKE JEWISH FUNERAL PLANS BEFORE THE TIME OF NEED?

CAN SOMEONE WHO HAS A TATTOO BE BURIED AT MOUNT SINAI?

CAN I CAN A PERSON BE BURIED IN A JEWISH CEMETERY IF THEY COMMITTED SUICIDE?

Information About Jewish Funeral Customs For Service Attendees

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THIS WILL BE THE FIRST JEWISH FUNERAL I HAVE ATTENDED. IS THERE ANYTHING SPECIAL I SHOULD PLAN OR DO?

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO A JEWISH FUNERAL?

WHAT IS CUSTOMARY TO SEND OR BRING TO A JEWISH FUNERAL?

WHAT IS CUSTOMARY TO BRING WHEN VISITING A GRAVE AT MOUNT SINAI OR ANOTHER JEWISH CEMETERY?

I SEE THAT SOME OF THE MOURNERS WEAR A TORN RIBBON AFFIXED TO THEIR CLOTHES AND SOME ACTUALLY CUT THEIR CLOTHES. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS?

WHY IS THERE A HAND WASHING STATION NEAR THE EXIT OF THE CEMETERY?

WHAT IS A YAHRZEIT (MEMORIAL) CANDLE?

WHAT IS THE SHIVA HOUSE?

DO YOU HAVE TO BE JEWISH TO BE BURIED AT MOUNT SINAI?

OTHER QUESTIONS?