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.

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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 (zukerman.family@comcast.net) or Rabbi Gilah Langner (gilah.langner@gmail.com) for more information.

 

 

 

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