Death and Mourning
End of Life
If a loved one is sick, please contact the office to inform a member of our clergy. The Rabbis are available to visit and offer prayers of refuah shleimah – complete and speedy healing.
Our clergy provide comfort, and spiritual guidance for congregants and their families during times of transition and loss. They are honored to officiate at funerals, to lead shivah minyan services at family homes, and to officiate at unveilings. The clergy will give you timely guidance on funeral arrangements and are available to provide comfort and solace at a difficult time.
The entire Temple Sinai "Family of Families" is prepared to provide comfort and assistance during times of grief and mourning. Upon a death, please call Nancy Conaway, Rabbi Gibson's Executive Assistant as soon as possible. We will send a "Sad News" email to notify the congregation, if you desire.
ShivaConnect.com- a website to help Jewish mourners, family & friends at a time of loss
Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals – from kriah (tearing of a garment), to shiva (mourning). Our clergy will instruct you on these and other rituals. We can also perform the funeral ceremony for our congregants and their close family members, and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.
The unveiling of a traditional headstone or ground plaque may take place after the first month following the burial but traditionally happens after eleven months. The presence of clergy is not required and user-friendly hard copies of the liturgy can be downloaded here or made available from the Temple Sinai office.