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CK - What to do, who to call, how to plan

If a member of the family is seriously ill:
  • Call the Bnai Keshet office (973-746-4889) and ask to speak with one of the rabbis. 
When a death occurs: 
  • Call the Bnai Keshet office (973-746-4889) and ask to speak with one of the rabbis or a member of the Chevra Kadisha. 
  • Some people prefer to call the funeral home first.

While there are many to choose from, the BK Chevra Kadisha tahara teams currently have access at the following:

J.L. Apter, 486 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove.  
Contact:  Jason Apter 862.324.4200 
Prout Funeral Home, 370 Bloomfield Ave., Verona. Non-denominational.
Contact: Robert Prout 973-239-2060

Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, 68 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston.
Contact: Andy Hudson, Rich Schuele or Louis Urban 973.422.0600
The BK Chevra Kadisha is currently working to gain access for our tahara teams at the following funeral homes:

Jewish Memorial Chapel, 841 Allwood Rd., Clifton
Contact: Vincent Marazo 9730779-3048

Menorah Chapels at Millburn, 2950 Vauxhall Rd., Union
Contact: Karen Ross Kerstein 908-964-1500; 800-437-5151

Information regarding funeral services offered and associated fees for all of the above options can be obtained by calling the Funeral Home/Chapel directly. The BK Chevra Kadisha is currently in the process of developing a list of simplified funeral packages – such a list will be available in the BK office in the near future. Click for information on low-cost models

Planning ahead
The worst time to shop for a funeral and/or cemetery plot is when one’s need is pressing. Funeral homes are businesses that profit when selling their services, and prospective customers can be far more vulnerable when they are managing the complicated emotions that accompany the death of a family member or loved one. The BK Chevra Kadisha can intercede on your behalf and handle many of these arrangements for you. 
It is far easier for your family and loved ones, and potentially less expensive, if you plan ahead for your funeral and burial. If you have made these arrangements, please discuss them with a member of the BK Chevra Kadisha so that the details can be kept on file. That way, your plans can be implemented with a single call to the BK office. 

Cemetery rules vary. If you do not have a burial plot, the BK office has a list of local and environmentally friendly options, and can advise on Jewish cemeteries that permit interfaith burials.
How to Plan
Although most of us avoid thinking about our own death or the death of a family member, many realize that advance planning can help us make more thoughtful decisions when that moment arrives. 

The Chevra Kadisha holds educational programs on such subjects as ethical wills, burial vs. cremation, funeral and burial practices, and the green cemetery movement. Please visit Questions & Answers and Further Reading for thoughtful conversations, articles and presentations on these subjects. 
Sat, July 20 2024 14 Tammuz 5784