Death and Mourning


Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals that help to heal a broken heart. Our Clergy will instruct you on the rituals of this time and can also perform the funeral ceremony, and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.

When a death occurs in your family, you should contact us at (216) 831-3233.  Our local Jewish funeral home is Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz.  They can be reached by phone at 216-932-7900, or through their website by clicking here.

The Temple Cemetery is the lush Mayfield Cemetery located at 2749 Mayfield Road Cleveland Heights, Ohio, just west of Coventry Road. You may contact Cemetery Director Jeff Morris by phone at (216) 321-1733.

The cemetery, established in 1880, continues to offer active members of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple and The Temple-Tifereth Israel several options for burial in a beautiful garden style setting. Their website also includes the ability to located a specific grave at Mayfield Cemetery and Willet Street Cemetery, and a list of interments at the Mausoleum.

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Gate is open 8:30am – 5:00pm 365 days a year.


We traditionally observe yahrzeit on the anniversary of a loved one’s death by lighting a candle and reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish.  In addition this Temple keeps registries of the Hebrew dates of members’ deaths.  Another tradition is to make a donation in honor of a person’s yahrzeit.

Click here to add a name to our weekly Kaddish list. Please note that we can take submissions at any time, but names submitted after 3:30PM on Fridays may not be read aloud during services that evening.

Mourner’s Kaddish

Yit-ga-dal v’yit-ka-dash sh’mei ra-ba,
b’al-ma di-v’ra chi-ru-tei, v’yam-lich mal-chu-tei
b’chai-yei-chon uv’yo-mei-chon
uv’chai-yei d’chol-beit Yis-ra-eil,
ba-a-ga-la u-viz-man ka-riv,
v’im’ru: Amen.

Y’hei sh’mei ra-ba m’va-rach
l’a-lam ul’al-mei al-ma-ya.

Yit-ba-rach v’yish-ta-bach,
v’yit-pa-ar v’yit-ro-mam v’yit-na-sei,
v’yit-ha-dar v’yit-a-leh v’yit-ha-lal, sh’mei d’ku-d’sha, b’rich hu,
l’ei-la min kol bir-cha-ta v’shi-ra-ta,
tush-b’cha-ta v’ne-che-ma-ta, da-a-mi-ran b’al-ma,
v’im’ru: Amen.

Y’hei sh’la-ma ra-ba min sh’ma-ya,
v’cha-yim, a-lei-nu v’al kol-Yis-ra-eil,
v’im’ru: Amen.

O-seh sha-lom bim-ro-mav,
hu ya-a-seh sha-lom a-lei-nu v’al kol-Yis-ra-eil,
v’im’ru: Amen.

Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world which He has
created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during
your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.

May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.

Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be
the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises
and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us
and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all
Israel; and say, Amen.