Learning Center

Explore the traditions of shiva and Jewish mourning.
The Learning Center provides answers to your questions about shiva and the Jewish mourning process.

What is Shiva?

A primary purpose of the shiva tradition, or "sitting shiva," is to provide structure during a time of loss by creating an environment of comfort and community for mourners. LEARN MORE >>

How To Enter a Shiva Home

Find guidance for making a shiva call, along with appropriate ways to enter the home. LEARN MORE >>

Plant a Tree in Israel

Learn about a time honored tradition to honor and commemorate. LEARN MORE >>

Placing a Stone

Learn about the origins and customs for placing stones at the graveside. LEARN MORE >>

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We have worked with rabbis and psychologists to provide helpful advice and alternative viewpoints, appropriate for Jewish and non-Jewish individuals. In the Learning Center, you will find information on all aspects of shiva and Jewish mourning, including a more comprehensive explanation of shiva, the protocol following a death in the workplace, suggestions on what to bring or send to a shiva and additional articles about mourning within Judaism.

Each topic in the Learning Center presents the traditional religious or fundamental perspective with the option for additional viewpoints when available.

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