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Preparing for End of Life

The passing of loved ones is a sacred and delicate moment in our lives. As a trained chaplain and counselor, the Rabbi works with families to honor their loved ones and find comfort with family and friends.

Based on Jewish laws and custom, a Jewish funeral usually takes place shortly following the date of death. This is followed by a gathering at the mourner’s or a family member’s home, which marks the beginning of shiva, the traditional period of mourning. While traditionally a seven-day period some modern Jews observe only three days. This is an opportunity to reflect, share memories, and engage in prayer.

Our Rabbi assists each family in arranging both the funeral and the shiva. BJC members also enjoy the assistance of our Chesed Society in planning the shiva and maintaining connections afterwards.

For more information about Jewish funerals and shiva , click here.

BJC's Cemetery

Mt. Lebanon CemetaryBethesda Jewish Congregation has plots available for members at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Adelphi, Maryland. Mt. Lebanon is the Jewish portion of George Washington Cemetery. The cemetery has been providing cemetery services to the Washington, D.C., metro area since 1929. It is located at 9500 Riggs Road in Adelphi. 

Single plots are available in a Jewish-only section (19B). Adjoining plots are available in an interfaith section (12B) adjacent to the Jewish section. Plots are currently $2,000.00 if purchased through BJC, heavily discounted from the price offered by the cemetery. 

BJC is a member of the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington. The Committee promotes funeral practices which are considered Jewish law for Conservative and Orthodox Jews, and which reflect Jewish values regardless of denomination, for Reform, Reconstructionist, and independent communities. 

For more information, please contact the BJC office at 301-469-8636.

Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781