Funeral and Bereavement Guide

The Beth El clergy and staff are here to support you as you face the loss of a loved one. We are so fortunate to be part of a rich tradition of rituals and comfort surrounding death. Our clergy will guide you through the immediate days and beyond. Please know your Beth El community is here for you in this time of need.

When Death Occurs

  • If your loved one is under hospice care, your first call is to the hospice so they can send a nurse to verify the death and prepare the necessary paperwork. Then call the clergy.
  • If your loved one is in a hospital, the hospital staff will assist you by verifying the death and preparing the necessary paperwork. Then call the clergy.
  • If your loved one dies under other circumstances: Call the Clergy.
  • If your loved one is out of town, Call the clergy.
  • How to contact the Beth El clergy:
    • Rabbi Harris: 301-928-7288
    • Rabbi Megdal: 240-781-8689
    • Hazzan Fradkin: 240-543-0218

If unable to reach a clergy member, please contact the Beth El office at 301-652-2606 during office hours. One of the office staff will get in touch with a clergy member. Response times may be delayed over Shabbat or a Jewish holiday.

The clergy will guide you through the next steps:

  • Contacting a funeral home.
  • Discussing and arranging
  • Providing information on cemeteries and burials. If you do not own a plot, Beth El can guide you with the arrangements.
  • Funeral plans.
  • Shiva coordination.
  • Beth El will also prepare a condolence notice to go out to the congregation, with your permission.

Please click on the buttons below for more information.

Funeral Homes


From the Time of Death to the Funeral

Function of the Chevra Kadisha

The Day of the Burial

The Periods of Mourning

Unveiling Ceremony Guide

Unveiling Ceremony Booklet