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Mourning and Burial

A Jewish funeral is a sacred rite and should be invested with both dignity and simplicity as taught by Jewish tradition. The family of the deceased should consult the Rabbi when death occurs. The Jewish way of dealing with death is one part of a larger philosophy of life. Judaism holds that, even after death, the body, which once held a holy human life, retains its sanctity. Our sages have compared the sacredness of the deceased to that of an impaired Torah scroll which, although no longer useful, retains its holiness. In Jewish tradition, therefore, the greatest consideration and respect are accorded the dead. 

A full guide for navigating death, mourning and burial is available here.

Our clergy is available for consultation and pastoral care. Please call our office at 415-388-1818.


Kol Shalom is part of the Mount Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael CA. Congregation Kol Shofar's section, Kol Shalom, lies atop a small knoll within the larger cemetery. Arrangements for plot purchase, burial and other needs may by made by contacting our office at 415-388-1818.


Sinai Memorial Chapel is the only Jewish funeral home in the Bay Area. They are a community based non-profit that operates a full service funeral home, mortuary with a chevra kadisha and cemeteries in Colma, Oakland and Briones. Pre-need arrangements are available and more information can be found at

Sat, June 15 2024 9 Sivan 5784