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Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington
Who We Are
The members of the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington (JFPCGW) are 40+ synagogues and other Jewish organizations that provides education, training, resources and assistance for Chevra Kadisha groups and synagogue bereavement committees.
Jewish Funeral Package
The Jewish Funeral Package includes picking up the body at the place of death; transportation to the funeral home, the funeral and the cemetery; refrigeration; a simple casket; and use of the funeral home chapel for the funeral service, if desired. MD-DC Area contract - Northern Virginia contract -
Basic Guide To Jewish Funerals
Before making funeral arrangements, it is helpful to understand the basic principles and practices concerning death and mourning to which all branches of Judaism ascribe.
JFPCGW came into existence in 1976 to take Jewish funerals out of ordinary commerce and restore them to a sacred and meaningful mitzvah performed by congregations and other religious communities. In the Washington Area, Tifereth Israel Congregation pioneered the concept and their committee began educating and training others.
Remarks On Jewish Funeral Practice - by Harris Weinstein at the United Synagogue Convention on November 16, 1977
History of Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington - by Bob Hausman in November 1989
Arranging a Jewish Funeral
The Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington contracts with two local funeral homes to provide a quality traditional Jewish funeral at a fixed modest cost. More...
Congregational Guides to Jewish Death Practices
Guide to Jewish Funeral and Mourning Practices - Adat Shalom - Potomac, MD
Treasure Each Day - A Guide to Jewish Rituals of Death and Mourning - Columbia Jewish Congregation - Columbia, MD
A Guide to the Jewish Funeral -
Ohr Kodesh - Kensington, MD
When Death Occurs - Tifereth Israel - Washington, DC
A Guide to Jewish Mourning Practices -
Tikvat Israel - Rockville, MD
"We sustain the poor...and visit the sick... and bury the dead...and comfort the bereaved... for these are ways of peace."
(Talmud, Tractate Gittin 61a)