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FAQs

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What is a Jewish funeral?

There are two important principles in the Jewish faith regarding death and mourning. The first, k’vod ha-met, requires that the body be treated with the utmost respect from the time of passing until burial is complete. The second is the idea that death is a natural process and a normal part of the life cycle. We do our best to comfort those in grief and to honor these two principles. A Jewish funeral should in every respect express the dignity, sanctity and modesty of a solemn religious service.

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What if I belong to a society?

Please contact Sinai Chapels first. We will coordinate all details with the burial society, landsmanschaft, organization or congregation. We will secure all necessary permits and signatures and make sure all benefits to which you are entitled are received.

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Who arranges a funeral?

Decisions made regarding the funeral service should be made jointly with your Rabbi and funeral director. Our staff handles all the details associated with the funeral regardless of location. We will coordinate all of the details with all parties involved in preparing for a funeral including the Rabbis, Chevra Kadisha, cemeteries burial societies or organizations.

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When should friends and relatives be notified?

Once the details of the service are confirmed with both the Rabbi and funeral director, friends and relatives may be notified. Service information may be found on the Sinai Chapels website.

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How can I place an obituary in the newspaper?

Please contact Sinai Chapels and we will assist the family in preparing a death notice in the newspaper(s) of your choice.

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How can I order additional certified copies of death certificates?

Please contact Sinai Chapels and we will assist you in obtaining additional copies in an expeditious manner.

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Should I bring children to a funeral service?

Jewish tradition regards a funeral as a very important part of the life cycle and an educational opportunity. Children are naturally curious and amazingly resilient. They will ask questions and while the answers do not need to be complete, they should always be truthful. Most children are capable of dealing with stressful situations and their presence at both the funeral service and burial is appropriate. Ultimately, however, you know your own children and must make a decision based on what is best for them and for you.