News

27
Feb

Fine Art by Marcia Marshall

Grief has it’s own rhythm, it ebbs and flows as it must. One person in this process, Marcia Marshall, a Chicago area portrait artist, began drawing portraits of loved ones who have passed away as part of her healing journey. Touched by the energy and passion of her work, Chicago Jewish Funerals has invited Marcia to share her evocative portraits

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27
Feb

Fine Art by Marcia Marshall

Grief has it’s own rhythm, it ebbs and flows as it must. One person in this process, Marcia Marshall, a Chicago area portrait artist, began drawing portraits of loved ones who have passed away as part of her healing journey. Touched by the energy and passion of her work, Chicago Jewish Funerals has invited Marcia to share her evocative portraits

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20
Feb

The Value of Ritual

Having worked in end-of-life for over 30 years, I have repeatedly witnessed the value of ritual in helping bereaved family & friends navigate loss. When notified of a death, there is a natural tendency to offer food or practical help, such as picking up relatives at the airport, assisting with housework or grocery shopping, notifying others, or just being present,

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31
Jan

From the Rabbi’s Study

Dear Friends, Winter always seems to have more than its share of loss.  Whether it is because of the frigid weather, the lack of daylight, or just a reflection of our natural environment, death seems to make its appearance with greater frequency, adding gloom to the season.  And this year has been no exception. When I meet with families who

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27
Jan

New Website Launch

As part of our ongoing effort to serve the families who call upon us, we present our newly designed website. It is our sincere hope that the changes we have implemented will contribute to a more user-friendly and seamless experience. A brief overview of updates: -As a visitor to the website, you may find it faster to load pages on

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6
Dec

Proud To Be Part Of It

Mah Jongg Charity Tournament presented to Chicago Jewish Funerals.    

15
Sep

The Healing Shofar – Grief and the High Holidays

            The Healing Shofar is a workshop for bereaved people who are anticipating the major Jewish Fall Holidays after the death of a loved one. Please join Josh Magariel, LCSW, Manager of Grief and Loss Services at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care and Rabbi Joe Ozarowski, D.Min., BCC, Rabbinic Counselor and Chaplain of Jewish Child

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9
Jun

Cantor’s Notes: Some Thoughts from Cantor Steven Stoehr

I was listening to an interview with James Taylor while on a flight from New York to Chicago. He was speaking about masterpieces. He identified a few people whose music or artistic creations he deemed masterpieces and the delight he takes in the mere ability to have them available for his enjoyment. His delight was summed up by saying that

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18
Mar

B’nai Brith International Achievement Award

It was an event to behold. Hundreds of friends, community leaders, clergy, and family came to honor David Jacobson and Chicago Jewish Funerals hosted by B’nai B’rith at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. B’nai B’rith chose David to be honored simply because of his vast and generous achievements in the Jewish community. Few in the community deserve this honor more

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17
Mar

An Article by Cantor Steven Stoehr

“The secret is not to make your music louder, but to make the world quieter.” Mitch Albom, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel Cantor Steven StoehrI have visited with numbers of dear congregation members who were enduring their last days of life. At times we have had time to dialogue about the inevitable and sometimes I have been

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