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Shiva Customs – Why Jewish Mourners Cover Mirrors And Sit On Low Stools

“Why Jewish Mourners Cover Mirrors And Sit On Low Stools?” Considered one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world, Judaism is rich in history with time-honored rites and rituals passed down for centuries including those practiced during the time of mourning known as shiva. The traditions observed during shiva help those left behind deal … Continued

Why Do Jewish People Place Stones on Monuments?

The 1993 film Schindler’s List portrayed the story of a German businessman who saves the lives of hundreds of Jews during World War II. A scene at the end of the film depicts the surviving group of people Schindler saved from Nazi persecution (the “Schindler Jews”) each paying their respects for him by placing a … Continued

Is Your Estate Plan Probate-Proof? Should It Be?

Here are important questions to consider: When was the last time you had an estate planning attorney perform a full review of your long-term plans for your financial affairs, your family, and your legacy?   For that matter, have you ever sought out such a review? Have you taken the necessary steps to keep your estate … Continued

Center For Jewish Studies at Queens College Kristallnacht Commemoration

The Annual Commemoration of Kristallnacht and Recommitment to Combating Anti-Semitism and Hatred. Sunday, November 12, 2017, 2-4 PM, Goldstein Theatre at Queens College Free and Open to the Public Keynote Address: Casablanca, the Refugee Question, and the Fateful Summer of 1938 Professor Noah Isenberg, New School Presentation will include film clips from Casablanca Noah Isenberg is Professor of … Continued

Sympathy Etiquette

Expressing your condolences at a time of loss is a very personal matter. While Jewish tradition does not encourage the sending of flowers, it is perfectly acceptable to express your sympathy in other ways. The most important thing is to be sincere, be thoughtful, and to keep the needs of the bereaved in your mind. … Continued

A Word From Rabbi Michael P. Strasberg

At Sinai Chapels, we pride ourselves on being able to provide the community with the highest level of service, commitment and dedication to our mission. In large part, this comes from being a fourth-generation family owned and operated Jewish funeral home. What exactly does this mean? What makes a mortuary a “Jewish” one? What is … Continued

Queens College Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration

On Sunday, November 6, Sinai Chapels presented the Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration at Queens College. Annette Insdorf, the keynote speaker, featured clips from various films focused on the Holocaust, including Schindler’s List, The Pawnbroker and None Shall Escape. Dr. Insdorf is the child of Holocaust survivors and an internationally recognized expert in film and Holocaust studies. … Continued