Burial and Cremation

Funerals & Mourning - we work in partnership with Liberal Judaism to provide a burial and cremation scheme* that all our Members are eligible to join. Our Rabbis provide pastoral care for those in the last stages of life and support to their families through all the traditional stages of mourning. Prevailing practice is to let individuals and their families determine preferences regarding burial (including woodland burial) or cremation. Our Rabbis and leaders can give guidance where it is required and explain practices but no-one is compelled to carry out rituals that they do not feel comfortable with.

Our Burial and Cremation Scheme is set out in detail on a document which can be downloaded from here.

Peace of Mind

In reality many people join a synagogue to celebrate a life cycle event or to plan for the end of life. The ELELS Scheme gives you and your next of kin the certainty that support will be available and most or all costs will be covered immediately following a death.

In the Event of a Death

At least one of the following people should be informed:

  • Michael King Funeral Directors (undertakers): 020 8368 7453
  • mobile: 07595 956936
  • Rabbi Jacobi: 07802 810580
  • The ELELS office: 07745790869 (you will reach our Chairman, Stewart Spivack).

Lastly if you wish to discuss any of the matters in the document please contact a Burial Officer, Sue Nathanson or Jane Porte: 07922 904643

Prayers and Readings on visiting re-opened cemeteries.

Cemeteries are preparing to re-open following their closure to the public due to the easing of the current lockdown restrictions. How and when they re-open will be determined by the cemetery authorities, although it is expected that restrictions will still apply to burials and stone-settings.

It is possible that you will soon be able to visit cemeteries, although with restrictions and limited or no access to prayer books. Rabbi Jacobi has produced this short liturgy - Prayers and Readings on Visiting Re-opened Cemeteries - which you print or download to a tablet or other mobile device, before visiting the cemeteries.

We will, of course, share with you any information we receive about the re-opening of cemeteries as soon as it becomes available.