Life Moments

End of Life

“Teach us therefore to number our days, that we may attain a heart of wisdom.”
(Psalm 90:12)

At times of loss, the support of your community can mean everything. Temple Emanuel is here for you, to guide you in a difficult time, and to help you through the process of loss. It is a mitzvah to honor, accompany, and memorialize a person who has died, as well as to comfort those who mourn.


If you are making arrangements for your own eventual end-of-life, it is an exceptional gift that you are giving to your children. The loss of a parent is always difficult, but made easier by removing confusion, conflicts, and difficult decisions in advance. The great medieval Rabbi Maimonides writes that the legacy we leave behind in this world is a reflection of our eternal life in the world to come. Your legacy can be one of love, of memory, and faith.

Whether you are in the midst of a fresh loss, or preparing for the ending phase of your life or a loved one, we are here to help you through the process. Please reach out to Rabbi Farb.


There are many Jewish customs surrounding death, which vary in different communities. Temple Emanuel is a culturally diverse congregation, and accordingly embraces all variety of Jewish customs. If you are interested in learning about some of these customs, you may find the following resources helpful:

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