Every member of our Kehillah has the option of joining our funeral scheme, part of the Liberal Judaism Scheme. This important function of any Jewish community means that we have 24 hour help from our funeral director, burial in the Jewish cemeteries at Edgewarebury or Cheshunt, or cremation, as well as the support of our rabbi. If your relative or friend dies, you can contact our funeral director, Ronnie King of Michael King Funeral Directors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including bank and Jewish holidays on either 020 8368 7453, or 07595 956 936.
Ronnie King will talk you through the practical aspects such as registering the death, as well as the date, time and place for the funeral. Please also call Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu on 020 7403 3779. She will explain what will happen from a Jewish point of view, and begin to prepare you and your family and friends for the funeral itself, as well as conducting the funeral wherever possible, as well as shiva prayers in the days following the funeral, if you wish.
Judaism views a speedy burial as an essential act of respect and care for the deceased. Local Registrars of Births and Deaths are familiar with the Jewish community and will usually be able to make a speedy appointment for registering a death. Sometimes this is simply impossible, because the Coroner may require an autopsy if there are questions or concerns that need investigating. In some situations a non-invasive autopsy may be possible, with the consent of the Coroner. Please call Rabbi Shulamit for advice.
If you are not a member of our Kehillah, we may still be able to help you to arrange a Jewish funeral. In this case please contact Rabbi Ambalu or our administrator Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage all of our members to join our scheme, as sadly we cannot predict when any of us will die, and it can be very painful as well as expensive to arrange for a funeral without being part of a synagogue funeral scheme.