Our Rabbis and Cantor offer help and support to members and their immediate families in time of death.
One of our clergy will meet with the bereaved family to offer condolences and to plan for a funeral and burial.
A shivah (mourning period) and shivah minyans (a short service at the shivah) are held at the discretion of the family, in consultation with our clergy.
Members of Congregation Beth Israel may purchase burial graves in our cemeteries.
We have more information about our cemeteries, including directions, and cemetery regulations, on our cemetery page.
Family members who are not Jewish may be buried next to a loved one in our cemeteries.
Rabbi Michael Pincus, 860-233-8215 x2280, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi Dena Shaffer, 860-233-8215 x2260, email@example.com
Cantor Pamela Siskin, 860-233-8215 x2340, firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about cemeteries: Scott Lewis, email@example.com
Unveiling services usually take place on the one year anniversary of the death.
Clergy can officiate at the unveiling, or the family may conduct their own service.
The following is a typical Service of Unveiling. The Mourners Kaddish, a prayer said at Jewish funerals, follows below.
More information about Jewish death can be found in My Jewish Learning.
Service of Unveiling
[Additional prayers and readings will be found in Gates of the House, pp. 196-217, and The Jewish Mourner’s Book Of Why, pp. 342-347.1
I lift up my eyes to the mountains:
what is the source of my help?
My help will come from the Lord,
Maker of heaven and earth.
God will not allow your foot to slip;
your Guardian will not slumber.
Behold, the Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. the Eternal is your Keeper,
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will guard you from all evil,
God will protect your being.
The Lord will guard you, coming and going,
from this time forth, and for ever.
(Remove the Cloth Covering the Stone or Marker)
On behalf of the family of______________and in the presence of (his) (her) relatives and friends, we consecrate this memorial as a sign of love undying.
Tehi (nish-ma-to) (nish-mat-ah) tze-ru-rah bitz-ror ha-cha-yim.
May (his) (her) soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life.
God of infinite love, in whose hands are the souls of all the living and the spirits of all flesh, standing at the grave ofwe gratefully recall the goodness in (her) (him) and we give thanks for the consolation of memory.
Strengthen us who mourn, that, walking through the valley of the shadow of death, we may be guided by Your light. May our actions and aspirations honor our loved one as surely as does this monument, which will stand as a symbol of our abiding devotion. So will (she) (he) live on for blessing among us.
“By love are they remembered, and in memory they live…”
Yit-ga-dal ve-yit-ka-dash she-mei ra-ba be-al-ma di-ve-ra chi-re-u-tei, ve-yam-lich mal-chu-tei be-cha-yei-chon u-ve-yo-mei-chon u-ve-cha-yei de-chol beit Yis-ra-el, ba-a-ga-la u-vi-ze-man ka-riv, ve-i-me-ru: a-mein.
Ye-hei she-mei ra-ba me-va-rach le-a-lam u-le-al-mei al-ma-ya.
Yit-ba-rach ve-yish-ta-bach, ve-yit-pa-ar ve-yit-ro-mam ve-yit-na-sei, yeyit-ha-dar ve-yit-a-leh ve-yit-ha-lal she-mei de-ku-de-sha, be-rich hu, leel-la min kol bi-re-cha-ta ve-shi-ra-ta, tush-be-cha-ta ve-ne-che-ma-ta, da-a-mi-ran be-al-ma, ve-i-me-ru: a-mein.
Ye-hei she-la-ma ra-ba min she-ma-ya ve-cha-yim a-lei-nu ve-al kol Yisra-el, ve-i-me-ru: a-mein.
0-seh sha-lom bi-me-ro-mav, hu-ya-a-seh sha-lom a-lei-nu ve-al kol Yisra-el, ve-i-me-ru: a-mein.