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Jewish Funeral Mourning Customs

This section is a general guide to Jewish customs and traditions regarding funerals, mourning rituals, and associated practices. There are many varying customs, and one should always follow one’s legitimate family or community practices. Always consult your Rabbi for personal guidance and to answer questions related to Jewish law, practice and tradition.

If you do not have access to a Rabbi, please feel free to contact Sinai Chapels, where Rabbi Michael P. Strasberg, Director of Pastoral Services, will try to answer your questions and advise you.


This section is a general guide to Jewish funeral traditions in New York City as well as mourning rituals and associated practices.
Stages of Mourning
Read about the stages of mourning typically part of Jewish mourning customs in New York. Find information about the stages and also helpful terminology.
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