Jewish Funeral Services

Jewish Funeral Services

Anthony Funeral and Cremation Chapels is honored to provide the Monroe County Jewish community with funeral services that reflect centuries of tradition and Jewish law.

The Jewish funeral is a modest, solemn religious service designed to honor the dead and provide support to the deceased’s family and friends. It is important to remember that Jewish funeral practices vary widely depending on family preferences.

There are many parts of a traditional Jewish funeral. As times change, some parts have evolved. Here’s what to expect. 

Immediately After Death

The period immediately after death is a difficult time for any family. Most communities offer the services of Chevra Kadisha, a sacred burial society that can help families prepare their loved one for burial according to Jewish law. Those present at the time of death recite the blessing, Baruch Dayan Ha’emet, which means, “Blessed be to the True Judge.” In a tradition called the Taharah, the body is washed.

Soon After Death

According to tradition, burial takes place as soon as possible after death in an all-wood casket. The deceased is buried wearing a simple white shroud called a tachrichim, though today, many families bury their loved one in clothing instead.

At The Funeral

Before the funeral begins, immediate family members tear their garments to symbolize their loss. The rabbi might perform this ritual, or present torn black ribbons to pin to their clothes. The service typically takes place in a funeral home, temple, or graveside and is led by the rabbi. At the simplest funeral service, the rabbi recites prayers and leads the family in the Kaddish, the prayer for the deceased. The recommended funeral attire consists of dark-colored clothing. Men will wear a head covering known as a yarmulke, which we can provide.

After The Funeral

After the burial, Jewish families mourn by sitting shiva, usually at the home of a close family member. This was traditionally done for seven days, but many Jews now sit shiva for one to three days. Traditionally, mirrors are covered during this time. Condolence visits by friends and extended family are welcomed during this period.

We’re here to answer any questions you have and to help you get through this difficult time. To get in touch, call us at (585) 244-0770 in Rochester and Brighton, (585) 872-6380 in Webster, or fill out the form below.