Spiritual Counsel and Traditional Jewish Practices
In the event of loss, CMC Chaplains are there to offer spiritual counsel and facilitate religious observances for family members.
We promote traditional (halachic) Jewish funeral and mourning practices, and organize community resources to make these practices available to all Jewish people. We coordinate the presence of a minyan at funerals and ensure that the mourner’s kaddish is recited.
Kaddish and Memorial Services
One of the most sacred rituals observed by all Jews throughout the generations is the practice of reciting the Kaddish prayer for those who have passed on from physical life. The recitation of Kaddish is a tremendous merit and source of elevation for the soul, and may be one of the greatest gifts you can give to your departed loved one.
The ideal preference is for the deceased’s children to recite Kaddish during the thrice-daily prayers, every day throughout the first eleven months after the passing, and each year on the Yahrtzeit (anniversary) of the passing. If this is not possible however, then another person may be hired to recite kaddish for the deceased instead. Under such circumstances, the CMC offers the guaranteed recitation of kaddish on behalf of the deceased for the full duration of the eleven-month mourning period, as well as on the annual day of the Yahrtzeit.
The use of music for patients to help induce relaxation, promote healing, enhance mental functioning, improve mood and foster an overall sense of well-being, is an age-old practice. The CMC’s musical enrichment program offers patients live musical renditions at bedside. The program is available for patients in hospitals, other care facilities, and private homes, and is specifically recommended for end-of-life patients. This beautiful and meaningful program is provided to patients free of charge, thanks to an endowment from the generous sponsorship of the Novick and Milstein families, in memory of Rabbi William Z. and Eda Bess Novick. For more information or to schedule a bedside rendition, please call the CMC.