“And Make Yourselves a New Heart and a New Spirit”
Judaism is a faith that deals with all aspects of life. Death is an integral part of life. At the time we are confronted with death, a myriad of emotions and questions arise. The synagogue is the place to turn for guidance and support. As there is a Jewish way of life, there is a Jewish way of death; the rabbis will guide you and your loved ones through this very difficult time.
In the unfortunate event of the passing of a loved one, we encourage our members to contact the synagogue office by callingbefore making funeral arrangements. If the death occurs after the close of the business day, please Sharon Pollack our Executive Director at 845-598-9269. Please speak with Sharon or leave a message and one of the rabbis will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
The synagogue telephones are not answered on Shabbat or Festivals; if a death occurs on one of those days, the rabbis can be contacted directly by coming to the synagogue immediately before or after worship services or by calling Sharon Pollack at. Please do not assume that someone is aware of the passing of your loved one. Let us know so that we may be of assistance and support.
The rabbis will assist you in assuring that all Halachic (Jewish law) standards are followed. These include Taharah (ritual washing of the body), Tachrichim (funeral shroud), use of a wooden casket and a Shomer (guardian) to watch over the body and recite from the Book of Psalms until the Funeral service. To make your burden easier, New City Jewish Center has published a set of guidelines so that all synagogue members can easily order Halachically correct funeral arrangements.
The congregation considers it a mitzvah to assist the bereaved family in a number of ways. The funeral service for synagogue members may be held in one of the New City Jewish Center sanctuaries for a fee. The rabbis will make every effort to be available for funerals of non-dues paying parents or other extended family members. Please contact the synagogue office concerning the honorarium. The traditional Meal of Consolation (Se’udat Havra’ah) immediately following the funeral will be provided by the Sisterhood for members who return to their homes in the county, if requested of the rabbis. Twice daily religious services are held at the synagogue where mourners can pray and recite Kaddish. If desired, synagogue members will serve as leaders for the minyan each evening in the house of shiva. Yearly notices of Yahrtzeit will be sent and an Aliyah will be offered the week of the anniversary of the death on days when the Torah is read.
Please keep in mind, your New City Jewish Center family wants to be helpful during your time of need. We encourage you to contact the New City Jewish Center office regarding your practical, religious or spiritual needs.