Nov 24, 2017 | 6 Kislev, 5778 | ו׳ בְּכִסְלֵו תשע״ח

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We recycle used Tallitot, Tefillin, Mezuzah scrolls and cases, and all other ritual items.

Funeral Services held in our chapel may be web streamed for those unable to travel or attend in person.

Women’s League of Cong. Etz Chayim

Women's League of Congregation Etz Chayim

While in our care


A Shomer serves as a companion for your loved one, showing respect and compassion by reciting Tehillim ( Psalms) .

In keeping with traditional Judaism , we honor body and soul , and comfort mourners by safeguarding every member of our community.

Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to participate with us in this chesed shel emet, act of true loving kindness.


Volunteer Pallbearers Needed

Volunteer pallbearers are community members who make themselves available to assist a family at time of need, or to accompany a deceased who has no family. We have been blessed with many dedicated, long serving volunteers, and now we need to replenish our community list.If you are a physically able male, and not a Kohen, please consider adding your name to our volunteer list.

Anticipated Death at Home

Individuals in hospice or receiving palliative care who wish to die at home should request a Letter of Anticipated Home Death from their physician or WRHA Palliative Nurse. Family and caregivers should be made aware that this letter is on file, and a copy of the letter should be readily available at the patient's house. A copy of the letter is faxed to the Chesed office and to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.Once the letter is on file with WRHA , when death occurs our service is able to pick up directly from home with no further intervention .

    Tachrichim (burial shrouds) are traditional simple white burial garments, usually made from 100% pure cotton, in which Jews are dressed by the Chevra Kadisha for burial after undergoing a taharah (ritual purification). In Hebrew, tachrichim means to “enwrap” or “bind.” It comes from the verse in Megilas Esther (Chapter 8;...

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  • What is yahrzeit

    The word ‘Yahrzeit’ is Yiddish, and is translated to mean “time of year.” It is the anniversary of the Hebrew date of a death, commemorated annually. We mark the yahrzeit from sundown to sundown. Remembrance is a central Jewish value, and we honor the memory of those who have passed...

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