Death

The Jewish traditions related to death and mourning are intended to recognize death as a part of life. Burial takes place as soon after death as possible. Traditional caskets are of plain wood, embalming and viewing of the body are shunned, and flowers are discouraged. Rabbis should be consulted for specific questions about burial and mourning practices such as the observance of shiva, recitation of the Kaddish, yahrzeit observance and attending yizkor services. Funeral homes and chevra kadishas (burial societies) can also answer questions.

Cemeteries

Santa Cruz / Monterey
East Bay
North Bay
Peninsula
San Francisco

Bereavement

East Bay
Bay Area

Funerals

Santa Cruz / Monterey
East Bay
North Bay
Peninsula

Chevra Kadisha of the South Bay

Volunteers prepare any Jewish deceased in the South Bay for burial at request of family. Tax-deductible donations help cover expenses and funerals for indigent Jews.
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San Francisco

Monuments

San Francisco
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