Jewish Funeral Services

Jewish Funeral - what you need to know

Jewish Funeral - what you need to know

Roslyn Heights Funeral Home, easily accessible from any part of Long Island & Queens, is a non-denominational funeral home serving families in Roslyn Heights on Long Island, New York since 1941. We are committed to providing Jewish families the best possible Jewish burial in their time of need, all at the best possible price during these difficult economic times.

We have close relationships with local rabbis who can officiate your services and we will work with you to customize them for your loved one. We are also able to coordinate with the local Chevra Kadisha and can honor your loved one with a wide range of Jewish traditions or customs that matter most to you and your family.

Jewish funerals usually take place at graveside or in a synagogue or funeral chapel. By tradition, Jewish funerals are simple (symbolizing the belief that people are all equal in death) and burial should take place as soon as it is practical or possible. Whether you may be Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform, we can help provide the perfect service for your Jewish faith needs. Traditional services of the Chevra Kadisha are performed all on site so we can maintain all Jewish law through the burial.

Our family will serve your family with the sincerity, trust, and care that you and your loved ones deserve.

Jewish Funeral Services in Roslyn Heights, New York

Jewish Funeral Services in Roslyn Heights, New York

We have many years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life, and we are especially understanding of the Jewish religion and its traditions. Many Jewish families come to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in Jewish burial, and have the highest integrity as well as a deep knowledge of the Jewish faith and traditions.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of Jewish services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Call us anytime at (516) 621-4545 to talk about our services or meet with one of our funeral service professionals.

Jewish Funeral Traditions & Terms

Aron (Casket) - To avoid interference with the natural process of "returning to the earth," Jewish tradition requires that the casket be made entirely of wood.

Tachrichim (Shroud and burial attire) - Jewish law prescribes burial in plain white shrouds so as to demonstrate the equality of all.

K'riah (Rending the garment or K’riah Ribbon) - Mourners for parents, a spouse, children, or siblings traditionally participate in the rite of K'riah (rending of garments) usually just prior to the funeral service.

Taharah (Ritual cleansing/Washing) - Performed by a local Chevra Kadisha, Jewish law requires that the deceased be cleansed according to prescribed ritual and purification process as an expression of respect.

Shmirah (Shomer/Guardian) - Jewish tradition requires that the deceased not be left alone prior to burial.

Shivah - Initial period of mourning - This is a seven-day period of intensive mourning observed by the immediate family of the deceased beginning on the day of the burial.

Shloshim - The first thirty days - During the thirty days following burial, after the observance of shivah, mourners return to work and activities but refrain from public entertainment or social activities

Yahrzeit - Anniversary of death - based on the death of death the Kaddish is recited each year on the Hebrew calendar anniversary of death. It is customary to light a yahrzeit (24 hour burning) candle.

Yizkor - Memorial prayers - The Yizkor is recited on Yom Kippur; Sh'mini Atzeret, the eighth day of Pesach; and the second day of Shavuot.

Unveiling - Monument – Jewish law requires that a grave marker be prepared so that the deceased will not be forgotten. It is customary for the marker or inscription of the monument to be done so an unveiling ceremony can be held at the end of the twelve-month mourning period.