The death of a loved one may present myriad challenges – emotional, spiritual and practical. Beth Am’s clergy, members and Caring Committee provide compassionate support to those who are facing the end of life. We offer guidance to mourners in the immediate aftermath of death, through the process of planning the funeral and shiva minyanim, and in the weeks and months following bereavement. Our clergy are also available to discuss Jewish traditions around death and mourning (including cremation, burial, organ donation and interfaith issues), provide resources for mortuaries and cemeteries, and counsel members through the difficult process of grief and mourning.
If there has been a death in your family, please call the Beth Am Office at (650) 493-4661. If the office is closed, call in and listen to the recorded message, instructing you as to what phone number to use in reaching the clergy member on call. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
For more detailed information about Jewish practices related to death and mourning, read the guide prepared by Beth Am's Rabbi Emeritus, Richard A. Block.