Jewish funeral in Munich
In Judaism, the deceased is given the highest respect.
The vigil is an important element of the burial, where members of the community accompany the body of the deceased from the moment of death until it is laid in the earth. It is traditional to wash the body and wrap it in a white linen shroud.
A small pouch of earth from Israel is often placed under the pillow of the deceased.
Burial rituals in Judaism
Burial in the earth is prescribed in Judaism. The funeral should occur as quickly as possible, no later than three days after the death. In Israel, the body of the deceased is wrapped in linen cloths, however in Germany a casket must be used. Carrying the body to the grave counts as a “mitzvah”, a good deed. The eulogy or “hesped” is recited when the casket is lowered into the earth. The men present recite the Kaddish prayer as soon as the casket is completely covered with earth. After this, the mourners tear off a piece of clothing as a sign of their grief. These days, people often wear a small ribbon on their clothing which can be torn off.
Jewish cemeteries in Munich
In Judaism, the “place of the graves” is considered the most important place next to the synagogue. Jewish cemeteries may not be built on, moved or used for other purposes. The Old Jewish Cemetery is located at Thalkirchner Str. 240 in the Sendling district and the New Jewish Cemetery is located in the Schwabing district at Garchinger Str. 37.
In the event of a bereavement, we advise you around the clock on the burial in Munich