Traditional Jewish Funeral Services
Cleveland Jewish Funerals specialize in traditional Jewish funeral services. Our staff can plan a Jewish funeral in the venue of your choosing, whether it be a synagogue, chapel or graveside service.
Traditional and personalized ceremony
Our Funeral Directors understand that bringing family and friends together to share memories and remember your loved one is an important part of the healing process. We will work with you to create a personalized burial service at any cemetery.
Funeral arrangement options that meet your needs
All packages include:
- Funeral director and staff
- Transfer of the deceased from local place of passing to the
- Preparation and care of the loved one, according to Jewish rituals
- Casket selection
- Outer Burial Container if required by cemetery
- Use of facilities and staff for funeral service in our chapel,
religious facility, or graveside
- Transfer from funeral home to place of service and to cemetery
- Use of staff for funeral service
- Register book
- Acknowledgement cards
- Memorial folders
- Internet obituary on our website
- Depending on the needs and wishes of your family,
the following additional services may be added:
– Chevra Kadisha
– Limousine Service
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Whether you’re planning for yourself or for a loved one, the funeral service is one of the most important elements of a person’s final arrangements. With the opportunity for great personalization, the funeral service can truly reflect the uniqueness of the life it honors.
The funeral or memorial service fills an important role. It can:
- Honor, recognize, and celebrate the life of the deceased.
- Allow friends and family to say their last goodbyes.
- Provide closure after the loss of a loved one.
- Allow friends to console the family of the loved one.
So, what is a funeral? In general terms, a funeral is a gathering of family and friends after the death of a loved one that allows them the opportunity to mourn, support each other, and pay tribute to the life of the deceased. It often consists of one or more of the following components:
A formal or informal ceremony or ritual prior to burial, a funeral service often provides a sense of closure to family and friends. Although your faith or culture may dictate some elements of a funeral service, you may want to personalize other elements of the service. At a funeral service, a casket is present.
Memorial or Tribute Service
At a memorial or tribute service, a casket is usually not present. Otherwise similar to a funeral or visitation, a memorial service gives family and friends a time to come together in your memory and celebrate your life.
As its name implies, a graveside service may be held at the grave site just prior to burial of a casket and usually consists of final remarks, prayers, or memories. The service may occur after or in place of a funeral service. There’s no one, right way to plan a funeral service, we believe that each funeral should be as unique and memorable
as the life it honors.
You can personalize the funeral service in almost any way imaginable. For example, just consider the following questions:
- Where should the funeral be held? At your Synagogue? At the funeral home?
- Who should officiate the service?
- Will your service adhere to the traditions of your faith or culture?
- Do you want a eulogy, and who should deliver it?
- Would you like an open or closed casket?
- What music should be played?
- What readings would you like to have read?
- Is there a special poem you’d like shared with the guests?
- Are there any special photographs or other memorabilia you would like displayed?
- Should the décor reflect a particular hobby or interest of your loved one, such as fishing, gardening, or music?
- Is there a particular emblem or engraving you want on the headstone or marker?
In addition to funeral services and the choice of burial, cemetery property, or “interment rights,” is another consideration when you’re making final arrangements for a loved one. A common misconception that people often have when they purchase the right of interment in a cemetery is that they have purchased the land itself, when in fact what they have really purchased is the right to be interred on or in that particular piece of property.
Every traditional Jewish funeral has a particular set of customs that make it “Jewish,” such as using a kosher casket, performing a Taharah, and reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish. However, do you need to use a Jewish cemetery to have a Jewish funeral? What makes a cemetery Jewish anyways?
In Judaism, respect for the dead is considered a great Mitzvah, and thus many think of Jewish burial grounds as sacred spaces. This is why one of the first religious establishments built in new Jewish communities is a designated Jewish cemetery. Thus, one of the main characteristics of Jewish cemeteries are that they are community owned, operated, and maintained. Another defining characteristic is that the cemetery must adhere to Jewish law. This may seem obvious to many, however, many cemeteries claim to be “Jewish” without actually following all the complex rituals surrounding keeping a burial ground kosher. For example, a Jewish cemetery must have physical boundaries that set the cemetery apart from its surroundings, have kosher graves that are at least forty inches deep, and display no ornate decorations, such a flowers or special monuments. Since keeping a Jewish cemetery kosher is so complicated, many non-denominational cemeteries are not able to be properly maintained.
All this being said, actually using a Jewish cemetery for your Jewish burial is a matter of personal preference. We highly recommend using a Jewish cemetery to insure that your entire funeral is within halacha. However, if your family identifies as reform, having a Jewish funeral at a secular cemetery could also be a great option for your family. Cleveland Jewish Funerals has access to all cemeteries across Cleveland, regardless of religious affiliation. If you would like information about Jewish cemeteries and Jewish funerals, contact one of our funeral directors today.