Temple Emanu-El clergy and congregants are there for our members in both times of joy and times of sorrow. When someone is sick, our rabbis and members provide support. In the case where death is expected or has occurred, our rabbis are there to help give guidance and comfort in a loving and caring way.
Following the death of a loved one, the dedicated men and women who are part of our Chevra Kadisha are also available to help gently prepare the deceased for burial by performing a spiritual and ritual purification of the deceased known as a Tahara. In addition, our Caring Committee helps families in many different ways, including delivering meals, leading shiva services, providing a listening ear and lending a helping hand.
Temple Emanu-El believes it is important to have a community to reach out to should a member family suffer a loss. At Temple Emanu-El, our rabbis and cantor are here to help in that time of need. Not only do our clergy perform funerals and memorial services, but they also provide spiritual counseling if requested.
Our clergy (if available) can perform on-site non-member funerals/memorial services but there will be an officiating fee and a facility usage fee.
Giving Tzedakah to Remember a Loved One is a Mitzvah
Please consider making an additional donation to Temple Emanu-El in gratitude for the services our clergy provided during these profound moments. This makes it possible for all members, no matter their economic circumstance, to have the services of the clergy during these transitional times in their lives.
The Chevra Kadisha (Jewish Burial Society) is a group of dedicated men and women who, when called, meet at the funeral home to prepare a recently deceased member of the community for burial. This ritual washing of the deceased, known as Tahara, is the highest Mitzvah that a Jew can do. One never knows which Chevra Kadisha members lovingly and respectfully cared for their loved ones as identities are never discussed or disclosed. Our members can be known to the congregation if they choose. Please contact Reba Herzfeld for more information on how to join.