A Very Merry Jewish Xmas with Rabbi Jonny Hughes.
Shacharit at 8:30am followed by Breakfast
It is very important in Jewish law and tradition for burial to take place as soon as practicable after death, ideally on the same Jewish day. You should obtain a death certificate from the hospital or attending doctor as soon as possible after death. If necessary you should explain that Jewish law requires burial as soon as possible and ask the doctor to expedite matters. After the death certificate has been issued, it must be taken to the Registrar for Deaths in the borough in which the person died. The certifying doctor/ hospital should provide you with details of the appropriate Registry Office. (The Registry Office is only open for a few hours early in the day, especially over the weekend or at public holidays. You may need to make an appointment. They are usually understanding of Jewish burial requirements but you should impress upon them the need for expediency) The Registrar will issue a green certificate giving permission for burial to take place. Keep in touch with the Burial Society by phone as it will speed matters up considerably.
Once burial arrangements have been finalised make sure you have made arrangements for shivah chairs and siddurim to be picked up from the Synagogue. It is usual for the officiating Rabbi to speak at the funeral and it would therefore be sensible to prepare some notes about the departed. Please note, however, that there are some times of the year that funeral orations cannot be given due to the special nature of the day. Please be understanding of this.
The synagogue office will arrange where necessary for officiants to take Shivah services, usually through one of our Board Members – Michael Rothbart. If the deceased was, or the mourners are, members of another orthodox Synagogue, you may want the Rabbi of that Synagogue to conduct a shivah service.
All mourners sitting shivah are expected to tear an item of outer clothing eg shirt, jacket, jumper. This is known as keriah. This will be done in private at home or in the prayer hall before the funeral service. This garment must be worn throughout the shivah week (except Shabbat) by the mourner. Non leather shoes should be worn after the funeral and throughout the shivah (except Shabbat).
Please also see this page for further details on how we can help you.
You are invited to dinner on Friday 19th January 2018 to celebrate Rabbi and Rachie Lister’s 10th anniversary at Edgware United.
£10 per adult, £6 per child (aged 3-13 years), free for under 3s.
Pre-booking essential by clicking here
Weekly on Monday mornings for ages 0-3yrs, £3 per family.