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At Beth-El, we want to be there for you in the joyful occasions, as well as in grief and sadness. When you know that a loved one is dying, it is advisable to talk to one of our rabbis in advance for advice on funeral arrangements (and they also make hospital calls). Jewish funerals may be held at a graveside, funeral home, or elsewhere, but we encourage use of the Temple.
When a death occurs you will want to call one of our rabbis. If they are not at the Temple, the office staff will likely know where to find him, or during off hours, you may call him at home. (If the rabbis are out of town, rest assured arrangements for emergencies will have been made. When the office is closed feel free to call the Temple president, who would normally also know how to get in touch with one of the rabbis, or who is covering if they are unavailable.) The rabbis or office can help you identify an appropriate funeral home, and one of the rabbis will want to talk with you to discuss the funeral, or to help with local arrangements and to see how else Beth-El can be supportive of you even if the funeral is to be in another community.
If burial is to be in Fort Worth, we are proud of our lovely section of Greenwood Cemetery, where individual or family plots are available. We also manage Fort Worth’s pioneer Jewish Cemetery, Emanuel Hebrew Rest. The Temple office can help with plots and other arrangements.
Many Beth-El families like to have a minyan service in their home following a funeral. The rabbis and volunteers are available to help with this. The Temple is also available for minyan services or as a place where families can greet and be comforted by family and friends following a funeral.
To schedule the unveiling of a grave marker, call Rabbi Zimmerman or Rabbi Ottenstein. Unveilings are not a requirement in Jewish tradition, but many families like to have such a ceremony and, once again, Beth-El is anxious to be supportive.