Shiva Resources

Because you should not
stand alone...

Tradition dictates that after a loved one is buried, we are to observe a time of mourning.  This period of time is called shiva.  In some households, shiva is observed for a complete seven days.  In other households, it may last as little as one or two days.  The length of observance is entirely up to the mourner and the time they need to acclimate themselves to the status of the loss.

During the shiva, it is customary to have a morning and evening services in one's home.  Within our community, most mourners prefer to attend services in the morning at the synagogue and have an evening service in their home.  When a service is held in their home, some will opt to lead the services themselves and others will ask the clergy or knowledgeable lay-leaders to officiate the service.

For those who opt to lead the services in their home, we have created this page to offer you resources and guidance in observance of the shiva.  There is no prescribed correct way to lead a service.  Our clergy is available to assist and make the service as meaningful as needed to fulfill the observance of the shiva.

Hamakom yenachem etchem b'toch she'ar aveley Tzion v'Yerushalayim
May the Lord comfort and sustain you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.