Arranging for a Funeral Home and Funeral Service

Arranging for a Funeral Home and Funeral Service

A Guide to Funeral Arrangements
Arranging for a Cemetery Plot
Arranging for Someone to Officiate at the Service
Arranging Date and Time for Burial
The Burial
Shiva or Other Gathering
Placques and Unveilings

The Kehila is a member of the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington, which adheres to Jewish values of simplicity and equality in death, protects the bereaved from exploitation, and facilitates the Jewish rituals each congregation considers appropriate.

The contract enables our members to purchase the services of the Hines Rinaldi Funeral Home (301-622-2290) , which includes provision of their services at a synagogue, grave site or funeral chapel, as well as a simple plain pine casket.

The 2016 fee is $1849. Our members who have contracted with Hines Rinaldi have been very satisfied. The funeral home works hard to be of assistance to families. When contacting them, state that you are a member of Kehila Chadasha and would like to use the Jewish Funeral Practices contract.

Please note that we also have a similar contract with Cunningham Turch Funeral Home in Alexandria, Virginia; their phone number is 703-549-1800. This may better suit members who live in Virginia and/or have plots at King David cemetery.

Customary administrative details such as newspaper notices, death certificates, etc. are handled by the funeral home with specific fees passed on to the family.

Families should be aware that Social Security pays a death benefit directly to the family. You may prepay and arrange for interment expenses in advance with Judean Gardens and Norbeck. The advantage in pre-planning is that burial costs do rise significantly over time.

When selecting a funeral home, consider where you will want to hold the funeral service. If the burial will be at Judean/Norbeck, there is a chapel on the premises that can be rented. Chapels hold a varying number of attendees for the funeral service. The information below may be helpful in selecting a funeral home and location for the funeral service.

Funeral Homes

Hines Rinaldi Funeral Home
11800 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD

This funeral home is the only one in Maryland with a contract to provide low cost packages of funerals through the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington. Price includes a basic pine coffin. Utilizing their negotiated package will always be less expensive than other area funeral homes.

Chapel capacity: 250

Danzansky-Goldberg Memorial Chapels, Inc.
1170 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 340-1400

Danzansky-Goldberg is a Jewish funeral home in the Washington area. It's a lovely facility, fully accessible, with first floor rest rooms, ample parking and a very attractive building. Coffins may be selected at this site. Danzansky-Goldberg is probably the most expensive of the local funeral homes.

Chapel: Capacity 300

Torchinsky Hebrew Funeral Home, Inc.
254 Carroll Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20012
Maryland Phone: 301-495-3395

Torchinsky's is a relatively new funeral home which occupies what used to be the Takoma Funeral Home, in Takoma Park. It is Jewish owned and operated, operates under Halacha, and is licensed under D.C., Maryland, and Virginia law. According to Joyce Torchinsky, they will serve all Jews, according to the level of Halachic law the family wishes to observe.

Chapel: moderately sized

Other options

It would also be appropriate for a family to choose any rentable space for a service. Services have been held at synagogues, churches, university chapels, rec centers, and other places.

Some suggestions:

  • Judean Gardens/Norbeck, Batchellors Forest Road, Olney, MD. (301-384-1000)
  • Congregation Beth-El, Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD. (301-652-2606)
  • Temple Emanuel, Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD. (301-942-2000)
  • Temple Shalom, Grubb Road, Chevy Chase, MD (301) 587-2273
  • River Road Unitarian Church, capacity 300 (301-299-0400)
  • Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, capacity 300 (301-493-8300)
  • Washington Ethical Society, 16th Street NW, Washington DC (202) 882-6650
  • Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD (240) 777-5350