The inevitable passing of loved ones and the unique human feelings of deep sadness and irremediable loss, challenge us to seek the compassionate mitigation of our Jewish teachings and time honored rituals. The sincere embrace of family and friends, and the gentle, intuitive guidance of an experienced clergy will assist the bereaved in finding some strength and comfort at a most difficult time. Cantor Neil Berris is available to help you make the necessary decisions that provide a dignified and appropriate funeral service and interment, respecting our traditions while taking into account the preferences of the family and specific wishes expressed before death has occurred.
There are many details that must be considered expediently, when planning a Jewish funeral service ("L'va'yah" in Hebrew). If time permits, Cantor Berris will meet with you personally, or at the very least consult with you by telephone or video call to discuss the following:
When the family is ready to arrange for the permanent memorial monument or grave site marker, Cantor Berris will assist with the selection of the inscription, and provide the correct Hebrew name of the deceased to insure accuracy. If necessary, he will communicate directly with the monument producer, and complete any required forms.
A formal Unveiling Service to dedicate the memorial monument is usually held at least thirty days following a death, or traditionally at the close of the eleven month mourning period. This brief gathering of family and friends often includes the recitation of Psalms, the "El Malay Rachamim" memorial prayer, and the Kaddish. Please contact Cantor Berris to discuss your personal needs for this ceremony, even if he did not officiate at your loved one's funeral service.