Shirat HaNefesh spent a year’s worth of study and discussion on issues of death and dying, over the course of 2017-18.  During that time, we purchased a cemetery section at the Garden of Remembrance (see below), we discussed having conversations with family about end-of-life issues, we explored the traditional customs of shmirah and taharah, and we studied Jewish views on organ donation.  We acquired a collection of shiva minyan booklets thanks to the generosity of Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries.  And we have developed a detailed guidance document for our members, When Someone Dies.  

When someone dies, please contact Rabbi Gilah Langner (202-364-3006), Hazzan Ramón Tasat, and/or the Chair of our Chesed Committee, so that we may be able to assist you during this difficult time.

May you be comforted among all the mourners of our people.


Shirat HaNefesh Cemetery Section at Garden of Remembrance Memorial Park

Shirat HaNefesh (SHN) now has a congregational section in Garden of Remembrance Memorial Park (GOR), located at 14321 Comus Road, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871; tel: 301-428-3000.  The designated section for SHN is section 76, close to the entrance of the cemetery and some distance from the road; the area is surrounded by mature trees.  GOR, established in 2000, is the Washington DC metropolitan area’s only not-for-profit cemetery, and Shirat HaNefesh is one of 25 congregations to affiliate across all strands of Judaism.

Our cemetery section permits interfaith burials, provided that the grave has no non-Jewish religious symbols, and that a Jewish professional or lay leader conducts the burial service.

Additionally, a small section within our area may be made available for a more traditionally Jewish burial; please inquire.

Plots are available for purchase.  In 2018, each plot for an SHN member costs $2,500. SHN members may also purchase plots for family members who are not SHN members at the same cost.

Please contact Ira Zukerman ( or Rabbi Gilah Langner ( for more information.