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Planning and Coordinating

In Judaism, similar to many other faiths, following the passing of a loved one there are many decisions that are made relating to the planning and coordinating of the funeral, burial and shiva. The shiva is unique to the Jewish faith and has numerous items that a mourning family or family representative (i.e., the shiva coordinator) decides in a short period of time leading up to the beginning of the shiva upon returning to the home after the burial. Many of the planning decisions relate to organizing and preparing the home for a shiva according to the family’s level of observance. The mourning family generally determines the traditions and customs of sitting shiva that will be followed.

When responsible for organizing the shiva, there are many details to consider and the family’s preferences and desires should always be followed to provide comfort and ease during this structured period of mourning.

In this section you will find articles providing guidance and assistance with planning and coordinating a shiva. These articles offer guidelines and outline many of the details in the process of coordinating a shiva by answering a large number of the most commonly asked questions, such as: How and who plans the shiva? What types of food should be served? How to prepare the shiva home? What items are generally needed for shiva?

Food Safety at Shivas and Memorials in a Coronavirus World

Handling, storing and serving food safely should always a priority, however in a Covid-19 world...

Post COVID-19 Planning a Jewish Funeral: “New Normal”

The “New Normal” for Jewish funerals is yet to be determined and will reveal itself...

A Guide to Preparing the Shiva Home

Shiva planning requires attention to detail, which can be difficult to achieve in the short ...

Shiva Food and Catering

It is extremely common, and at times essential, for food, meals and dessert items to be offered...

The Shiva Coordinator

Understanding the details of planning a shiva can be overwhelming. In general, very shortly af...

How to Plan a Shiva

The shiva begins upon returning to the home after the burial of the loved one. Immediately foll...
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