Funeral / Memorial Service
End-of-Life Decision-Making & Death
For any individual or family approaching end-of-life decisions, Rabbi Olshein is available to advise regarding Jewish rituals and practices and offer counsel both before and after a loved one’s passing.
Jewish tradition offers several powerful end-of-life rituals – k’riah (tearing of a garment), l’vayah (funeral procession), hesped (eulogy), k’vurah (burial) and shivah (seven days of mourning). Rabbi Olshein will guide you on these and other rituals if desired. She can also perform the funeral ceremony and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices, including the shiva minyanim (services in your home following burial) – even if your loved one is buried out-of-town.
A benefit of Temple Israel membership is access to purchase burial plots at Star of David (formerly Menorah Gardens) in Palm Beach Gardens, or in a designated section of Eternal Light in Boynton Beach. We strongly recommend that, if possible, you choose the final resting place and make “Pre-Need” funeral arrangements in advance. This can help eliminate stressful emotional “At-Need” choices in the hours and days following a death, plus it can be significantly cost-saving. In addition to the burial location, you’ll need to decide where you want the funeral to take place – Temple sanctuary (if you are a member), funeral chapel, graveside. Cost considerations in addition to the burial plot include: funeral parlor, casket, gravestone, travel arrangements, limos, among others.
It’s best to obtain quotes before making a final decision, and a suggested first step is to contact a family counselor at the cemeteries to determine plot location availability and other details.
Star of David, (561) 627-2777. TI members receive special pricing. If, after speaking with their professionals, Star of David is your choice, please purchase through us, contacting Temple Administrator, Karen Szteinberg, (561) 833-8421.
Eternal Light, (561) 737-7411, requires you to make arrangements directly with them and will provide quotes and information accordingly.
Please know that Karen Szteinberg is always available to assist you in making the decision that gives you the greatest level of comfort.