7701 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012
Tifereth Israel’s Funeral Practices Committee stands ready at all times to help arrange funerals for members and their dependents. Chaverim (members of the committee; singular: chaver are on call to provide counsel and services.
do not first contact a funeral home
Call the synagogue first (202) 882-1605. A staff member will contact the rabbi and one of the chaverim.
Call one of the chaverim, whose names and telephone numbers are listed below:
|Contact Name||Home Number||Cell Number||Work Number|
|Shelly Heller||(301) 942-1836|
|Bruce Heppen||(301) 299-3255||(202) 997-1890||(703) 417-8983|
|David (Judy) Cohen||(301) 652-2872|
|Marcia Goggin||(301) 593-8480|
|Ann Kline||(301) 946-2693||(301) 346-9862|
|Robert Rovinsky||(202) 237-1036||(202) 815-8707|
Full details on the role of chaverim, the contract funeral package, and traditional Jewish practices governing death, funerals, burial, and mourning may be found below.
There is also a form, Information Needed at the Time of Death, to be filled out, printed out in advance, and given to your family for safe keeping, as well as mailed to TI's Executive Director so that all of the necessary information will be at hand.
All funerals conducted at TI use the services of the Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home in Silver Spring, under its contract with the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington. This contract provides for a low-cost funeral fully consistent with Jewish halachah (religious law).
The chaver assigned will work with the family to make all funeral and burial arrangements, coordinating with the funeral home and cemetery as needed. This relieves the family of burdensome financial and logistical details at a time of great emotional stress. The family will not be billed for any costs until 30 days after burial.
More informatin about TI's two cemeteries, Mt. Lebanon, and Elesvetegrad.
Members may use the services of another funeral home, but if they do they must make their own funeral arrangements. They will not receive the services of TI chaverim, the funeral will not be held at Tifereth Israel, and the rabbi may not be available to conduct the funeral/burial services.