On the website of the Union for Reform Judaism, there is a section on lifecycle passages that includes short articles on subjects such as birth rituals, weddings, kaddish, etc. The section on Jewish funerals has information regarding a variety of issues including timing of the service, the order of the service, comforting the mourners, and the hespeid or eulogy. This section of the website serves as a primer for Jewish ritual. It also provides synagogues a resource for reminding members about key traditions and practices. For example, the article on “Preparing for the High Holidays” guides observers through appropriate practices for the Days of Awe (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur). It provides churches with what might be new information about important practices for their Jewish neighbors. This is a website that one can spend significant time exploring. One page increases your curiosity so that you then might spend more time than you originally planned reading and learning.
Reviewed by Tim Shapiro