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We are here for you. That may seem like a simple and obvious statement, but it is all too uncommon. We are not like other funeral chapels. Not in philosophy, not in practice.

Kronish Funeral Services is locally owned and controlled. We are your neighbors and friends and have deep roots in the community. We are going to do whats best for you and your family.

We are dedicated to the belief that the process of grief is not a business proposition but rather an emotional, human passage to be treated with dignity and conscience.

Aren’t funeral service provides all the same?

Kronish Funeral Services treats each and every client as if they were family.  Moreover, Kronish Funeral Services is here for the long haul and has deep roots in the local Jewish community. 

  • Keith Kronish, Senior Funeral Director, is a well-known fixture in Southeast Florida and is widely recognized as the best funeral director in the State.  Keith has served on the Boards of several local synagogues and Jewish NGOs headquartered in the local community. 
  • Mitchel Kronish was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida and attended college at the University of Miami. 
  • Mark Sunshine, Business Manager, has served the Jewish community for decades and is currently the President of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton. 

The senior professionals of Kronish Funeral Services are your friends, neighbors and trusted confidants. 

Can a funeral be personalized?

Yes.

Whether the ceremony is elaborate or simple, your funeral can be individualized to reflect the life lived.  Kronish Funeral Services will work with you to personalize the funeral service and Shiva by incorporating meaningful thoughts of remembrance to reflect the unique accomplishments, passions, and life of the decedent.

Does a service have to be performed by a Rabbi or Cantor? What if I don’t have one?

There is no requirement that a funeral service must be performed by a clergy member. 

If you desire a member of the clergy to perform the service but do not have one, Kronish Funeral Services will arrange for a clergy member from the denomination of your choice to perform the service and meet with you in order to tailor the service to the family's wishes and provide a meaningful and rich experience.

If I prearrange my funeral service now, what happens if I decide to move?

Prearranged funeral services made with Kronish Funeral Services are transferable, and if a transfer cannot be arranged, are refundable.

If you move more than 75 miles from your original place of residence, your prearranged plan can move with you. At your new location, Kronish Funeral Services will attempt to find another provider to honor the guaranteed price that we provided.

However, since there is no guarantee that those firms will honor all costs as laid out on the prearranged contract if another funeral provider cannot be secured for you at the guaranteed price in your contract Kronish Funeral Service will promptly provide you with a full refund of all prepaid amounts.

What Happens at a Jewish Funeral and What are the Jewish Customs?

Jewish funerals typically have two distinct parts: (i) the funeral service followed by (ii) the burial service. 

The actual funeral service may take place at a synagogue, funeral home, or even gravesite. 

Jewish funerals usually last between 15 and 30 minutes and include a eulogy, prayers, and hymns. 

If the funeral service takes place at a synagogue or funeral home, when the service is finished, the attendees follow the hearse to the place of burial. 

If the funeral service takes place at the cemetery, then the funeral service and the burial service are combined (although the traditional elements of the funeral service take place before the burial service). 

At the burial site, the rabbi will lead mourners in the recitation of a hymn. Any fraternal, military, or civil rights requested by the family will take place here. After the coffin has been lowered into the ground, members of the bereaved family and occasionally some other guests will pour a handful of earth onto the coffin.  The burial service typically takes 10 minutes or less. 

At the end of the funeral service, mourners should like up in two rows, with the line closest to the grave filled with family members so they can leave first.

After the burial service, Shiva begins.  Most mourners and well-wishers go to the bereaved family’s home or mourning place. 

What is Shiva?

Shiva is the first period of mourning that takes place after a Jewish funeral.

The word “shiva” literally means “seven,” and the traditional period of initial mourning lasted for seven days. 

Many Reform and modern Jewish families observe Shiva for 3 days or even one day.

Often there are copious amounts of food for visitors and the bereaved family. 

What does the term “sitting Shiva” mean?

Sitting Shiva is “Jewish slang” for observing Shiva (the initial period of mourning).

Typically, the bereaved family says home during this time and does not work or engage in a typical day to day activities.  The bereaved family greets guests at their home during specific times each day that they are sitting Shiva. 

I Have a Friend Who is Sitting Shiva. What Should I Do?

Sitting Shiva means that a mourner is observing the initial period of mourning after a Jewish funeral.  This period of initial mourning may last for up to seven days.

It is traditional for friends and well-wishers to visit the bereaved family.  The times that the family expects visitors are typically announced during the funeral and after burial.  The funeral home and/or synagogue will also know the most appropriate times to visit the family and pay your respects.

What Should I Bring To Shiva?

Bring food.  Families in the initial period of mourning (Shiva) are not supposed to engage in a typical day to day activities such as shopping for food. 

Should I Make a Memorial to Honor the Deceased?

If you want to make a memorial contribution to honor the deceased, ask the family if there is a particular charity that they would like donations directed to.  If there is no specific charity suggested, contribute to a charity that would be meaningful to the deceased. 

When you donate, please complete the contribution in multiples of $18 (18 is considered a lucky number in Jewish tradition). 

Multiples of $18 means that contribution amount should be $18, $36, $54, $72, $90, etc.

Is There a Better Time to Attend Shiva?

Yes.  Two times are most helpful to the bereaved family to attend Shiva. 

Every night that the family is sitting Shiva, i.e., observing Shiva, there will be a short memorial prayer service held at sundown.  The service will last approximately 15 minutes and is often led by clergy.  That is a good time to visit the bereaved family.  This prayer service is often referred to as the Shiva Minyan. 

The other good time to visit is when there aren’t many other visitors at the bereaved family’s home.  The lowest number of visitors is typical during regular working hours.  The reason to visit the family when there aren’t many people attending the Shiva is to ensure that the mourners are not alone and have company. 

Do Jewish Funerals Have Flowers?

Flowers are generally not traditionally displayed at a Jewish funeral.

Flowers are usually associated with celebrations, such as weddings, births, or B’nai Mitzvah.  A funeral is not considered a joyful celebration.

What Should be Worn to a Jewish Funeral?

Dressing for a Jewish funeral is all about paying respect to the deceased and his/her family.  Casual clothing is not considered respectful. 

For men, a dark suit and tie are most appropriate.

Women should wear a dress or business type pants suit.  Whatever women wear should be a dark color and appear modest, i.e., avoid short skirts, tight clothes, uncovered arms, or low-cut tops. 

Men may be asked to cover their heads with a “yarmulka” (skullcap). 

Women may be requested to wear a headscarf. 

What Should Be Worn to Shiva?

As compared to the funeral, more casual clothing is appropriate for Shiva. 

Business casual clothing is typically appropriate.  Women should still dress modestly. 

What is the Mourner's Kaddfish?

The Mourner’s Kaddish is a prayer that is said after a deceased individual is lowered into the ground at the burial site and, at a minimum, each night during the Shiva Minyan.  Also, there are other times during the year when mourners should “say Kaddish” for their deceased relatives.

What is Shiva Minyan?

The Shiva Minyan typically refers to the prayer service held each night of the Shiva observance at sundown. 

The term minyan refers to the quorum of 10 Jewish adults required for a communal prayer service. 

Typically, a Jewish adult is referred to as Jews who is older than 13 years old.  In many observant communities, only male adults are counted toward the minyan requirement. 

Is There a Single Resource That Provides a Tinmeline of Jewish Mourning With Explanations?

Yes.  Click here and you will be brought to a timeline of Jewish mourning.  

 

Providing Funeral Services to the Jewish Community of South Florida

Kronish Funeral Services proudly serves the Jewish community of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin Counties, including the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm City, Stuart, and the surrounding areas.

Our staff is available 24 x 7 to help you with all your funeral needs.

KRONISH FUNERAL SERVICES

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