Death and Mourning

AA’s Chesed Committee offers bereavement services in times of need. To arrange for this assistance, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at 404.603.5741, and you will be contacted by a committee member.

In Your Time of Sorrow: Funeral & Burial Guide | Download complete guide.
I. Introduction: The Jewish way in death has been called “The Way of Confrontation.” In the absence of grief and confronting our loss, we can find no healing. When we face death directly, God grants us the strength to eventually overcome our loss. Burial preparations and mourning practices encourage loved ones to directly confront their loss. This booklet outlines the Jewish way in death, burial and mourning. The ultimate goal of Jewish burial and bereavement practices is to aid loved ones in the reparative process of mourning. An important aspect is treating the dead with utmost respect, referred to as kevod hamet (“honor due the deceased”). It is our hope that this booklet will help you to understand the practices in that context. If you have a question or require clarification, please contact one of the rabbis.

Contents: II. When A Death Occurs - What You Should Do, III. Make An Appointment With The Funeral Home, IV. Autopsy, Organ Donation, Viewing, V. Interfaith Burial, VI. Preparation With The Rabbi, VII. The Funeral Service And Burial, VIII. Shiva Period, IX. Visiting The Shiva Home, X. Shloshim - The First Month Following Burial. XI. The First Year, XII. Yahrzeit - The Anniversary Of The Death, XIII. Miscellaneous Items: Permanent Grave Marker, Unveiling, Pre-arrangements.

Chevra Kadisha Volunteers | The role of the Chevra Kadisha, or Holy Burial Society, is a deeply-rooted tradition within our congregation and reflects the Jewish value of kevod hamet, honoring the deceased. This group of men and women volunteers reverently participates in the sacred mitzvah of preparing the body of the deceased for burial. These volunteers perform a service for the deceased (men serve males and women serve females) that can neither be repaid nor fully recognized, as by custom they remain anonymous to the community at large.

To help perpetuate and provide continuity to our Chevra Kadisha, it is important for us to seek new members. No specific skills or knowledge of Hebrew is required; it is only necessary that you have the desire to honor those Jews who are no longer counted among the living. Participation in such activities is known as chesed shelemet, acts of loving kindness. If you would like to learn more about participation in our Chevra Kadisha, please contact Bob Tepper, 404.351.1978 or Delcy Harber, 770.955.1994.

 

Illness

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B’nai Mitzvah

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