Over the years, Fabrangen has developed a number of practices to educate and support members and their families and friends before and when a death occurs. Some of these practices include:
Help with Funeral and Burial Arrangements
Fabrangen members volunteer to help the community member who has suffered a loss make the arrangements with the funeral home of their choice. Fabrangen is a member of the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington that contracts with two local funeral homes provide for Jewish funerals and burials that are respectful of Jewish traditions. Diane Tepfer and Bob Rovinsky are the current volunteers and they can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Bob at 202-237-1036.
Assistance with the Funeral
Chevra Kadisha/Tahara (Purification)
A team of Fabrangeners (men for men and women for women) volunteer to ritually wash, dress in a white shroud, and place the body of the deceased in a plain pine casket in the ritual Jewish tradition.
Fabrangeners and other volunteers take turns to sit near the body of the deceased after the ritual washing and and recite Psalms, or appropriate readings until the time of the funeral.
If requested, Fabrangen members will are available to help mourners plan and lead the funeral service graveside, or at the chapel of the funeral home.
Fabrangen’s Congregational Section in the Garden of Remembrance Memorial Park
Fabrangen has now formed a congregational section in Garden of Remembrance Memorial Park (GOR) [Gan Zikaron in Hebrew]. The address is 14321 Comus Road, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871, the phone number is 301-428-3000. The designated section for Fabrangen is section 74, located close to the entrance of the Memorial Park and some distance from the road; the area is surrounded by mature trees. GOR, established in 2000, is the Washington DC metropolitan area’s only not-for-profit cemetery, and Fabrangen is one of 24 congregations to affiliate across all strands of Judaism.
The Fabrangen cemetery section follows the rules of the Ner Tamid Section, which permits interfaith burials, provided the grave has no non-Jewish religious symbols, and a Jewish professional or lay leader conducts a burial service.
In 2014, each plot for a Fabrangen member costs $1,800. Fabrangen members may also purchase plots for their family members who are not Fabrangen members (e.g., parents) at $2,200 per plot. There are a limited number of plots and most plots will be assigned by August 2015. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
- Shiva (Week of Mourning)
Fabrangeners help organize a meal for mourners immediately after the burial, and provide additional meals for them during the week of shiva. Shiva minyans are arranged by Fabrangen volunteer Lenny Blank, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Shloshim & Unveiling
Fabrangeners can also assist with other needs after the shiva period, including the shloshim (30 days after death) and unveiling ceremonies.
- Saying Kaddish
We welcome mourners at our weekly Shabbat morning services.
Fabrangen includes the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur, Shmini Atzeret, Passover and Shavout services. Fabrangen also provides the opportunity for remembrances of loved ones in an annual Memorial Booklet to supplement the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur.
- Fabrangen Memorial Quilt
The header on our website is taken from the Fabrangen Memorial Quilt which was designed by Shirley Waxmen and is dedicated to the memories of families and friends. The quilt was commissioned in 1991 and new names are added periodically.
A free, monthly bereavement spiritual support group is available to the Washington Jewish community, co-sponsored by the Washington Jewish Healing Network and Adas Israel Congregation. The groups are led by Rabbi Gilah Langner (a Fabrangen member and co-director of the Healing Network) and/or Adas Israel’s Rabbi Charles Feinberg. Each group offers a warm and sensitive hour of comfort, sharing, and reflecting on Jewish teachings on death, mourning, and healing.
- Location: Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW, Washington DC.
- Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
- Dates in 2012/13: Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 8, June 12.
Details of The Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington contracts for the Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, Silver Spring, Maryland and Jefferson Funeral Home, Alexandria, Virginia are at Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington – Funeral and Monument Contracts.
For more detailed information about Jewish funerals, burial and mourning traditions, visit Kavod v’Nichum – Jewish Funerals Burial and Mourning.