Judaism doesn’t shy away from death, rather it provides us with a guideline on how to handle it. To read more about death and mourning click here.

The Beth Israel cemetery is located at 1721 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby. Click here to read about our cemetery. If you are considering reserving a cemetery plot or have questions about funerals please contact Shira at shira@bethisrael.ca.

In the event of a death:

  1. Please contact Rev. Joseph Marciano, Funeral Director of the Chevra Kadisha at 604-603-7164. The Chevra Kadisha works with the family and covers all details related to the ritual cleaning of the body and its transportation.
  2. If you are a member of Beth Israel, contact the office at 604-731-4161 during business hours. If you are calling after hours please listen to the message. You will be told how to contact the Rabbi.

The Beth Israel Guide to Mourning – Beth Israel’s new guide to mourning book was created and written by Jean Gerber and Jonathan Berkowitz. A hard copy of the guide is available for those in need. If you would like to get a copy of this important guide please contact Susanne at susanne@bethisrael.ca