The true blessing of community can be seen during our most profound lifecycle moments. This is most evident in the Jewish rituals surrounding death and mourning. The clergy of Temple B’nai Torah are available to counsel and help you each step of the way when you find yourself or a loved one at this stage of life.

The death of a loved one, whether sudden or the result of prolonged illness, is an emotional and difficult time for family and friends. It is important to know that you are not alone as you go through the process of preparing for the funeral and the period of mourning following the funeral.

Our 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). Rabbi and Cantor will instruct families on these and other rituals. They will also perform the funeral ceremony, and help families understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.

If someone in your family has died, you can reach a member of the clergy by calling the synagogue at 516-221-2370 and following the instructions to reach a member of the clergy in an emergency.

The clergy and trained lay leaders are available to conduct minyan services during the week of shivah. The name of your loved one will be read before the recitation of Kaddish on Friday night and Shabbat morning during the period of shivah and sheloshim (the first 30 days of mourning).

It is possible to memorialize your loved one by purchasing a memorial plaque that will be lit on the anniversary of your loved one’s death and on Yom Kippur. To arrange for a plaque, please call the main office.


Zichronah livrachah – May your loved one’s memory always be for a blessing.