Thankful for the Memories: The Custom of Jewish Unveiling

As we all look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving and making new family memories, this season of gratitude is likely filled with recollections of happy times spent with those who are no longer with us. During the first year after a loss and sometimes even longer, celebrating a holiday can be both difficult and bittersweet. In […]

Reflecting on our Family Traditions as we Approach the High Holy Days

As the most sacred season of the year approaches for Jewish people around the world, the High Holy Days involve generations of time-honored rituals and traditions. We may reflect on our experience attending Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Services at our synagogue when we were children as well as when we raised our own families. […]

The Jewish LGBTQ+ Community

The Jewish LGBTQ+ Community The Beth El Mausoleum, our Mausoleum Director, Mike Sirowitz and our clergy at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton proudly welcome the LGBTQ+ Jewish community. They look forward to working with all those identifying as LGBTQ+ to make those difficult final arrangement decisions that everyone must face eventually. As the annual […]

Jewish Graves: Stones of Remembrance

Jewish Graves: Stones of Remembrance Have you ever wondered how the ancient Jewish tradition of placing pebbles or stones of remembrance at the place of burial when visiting a loved one came about? Is it a custom, a ritual, or maybe even a superstition? Be it at an in-ground cemetery or a mausoleum, the time-honored […]

Words of Comfort at a Time of Loss

May Their Memory be for a Blessing What do you say to someone who has experienced a death in their family? Should you offer words of comfort? Of support? Is there anything that Jewish tradition suggests or requires that we say? When a death occurs and we want to express our sincere condolences, in Judaism, […]

Keeping the Light Burning: When Do You Light Candles for Yahrzeit and Yizkor?

Yahrzeit Candle for Beth El Mausoleum

The ritual of lighting candles is very much a part of many Jewish customs and traditions. Read on to learn more about the traditions of lighting candles for the Jewish customs of Yahrzeit and Yizkor. The ritual of lighting candles is part of many Jewish customs and traditions. We welcome Shabbat on Friday evenings at […]

Jewish Meals of Condolence & Shiva Food Traditions

There are many Jewish traditions and rituals involving food following the passing of a loved one, during the seven-day period of mourning called Shiva. Learn about some of the most common traditions, and ways that we can help guide you through them. The meal eaten by the family and often close friends, following the burial […]

Taking the Pressure Off: End-of-Life Financial Planning

Budget for a Funeral Home

End-of-Life Financial Planning Budgeting and planning for your final arrangements and funeral service are probably the last thing you want to think about. They’re also the last major decisions of your life story. There is no need to fear preparing for what is just part of the circle of life. Here at the Beth El […]