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

East Bay
North Bay

B’nai Israel Cemetery

Oldest Jewish cemetery in Sonoma County dating back to 1868. Includes an interfaith section; call for details.
B'nai Israel Cemetery Petaluma, CA
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Monterey
Peninsula
Northern California
San Francisco
Santa Cruz
South Bay

Gan Emet Cemetery

Newly expanded and landscaped cemetery serving the needs of the South Bay Jewish community. Unaffiliated welcome. Single/double-depth burials, cremation options. Natural setting.
Congregation Emeth/Emeth Gardens Gilroy, CA
http://www.emeth.net/ganemet
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Bereavement

East Bay
Bay Area

Grief and Bereavement Services – JFCS

Comprehensive grief and bereavement services for those coping with loss, including individual counseling, grief support groups, and information and referrals.
Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties San Francisco, CA
http://www.jfcs.org
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Funerals

East Bay
North Bay
Peninsula
San Francisco
Santa Cruz
South Bay

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.
c/o Congregation Am Echad San Jose, CA
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Monuments

San Francisco
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