Milt Hess will give this presentation.
What can you learn from a Jewish gravestone? In addition to the name of the deceased, inscriptions on a Jewish gravestone often include dates, acronyms, tributes, and symbols. Some of the writing is in Hebrew and some in Roman characters. If the name is written in Hebrew, it usually includes the name of the deceased’s father.
This talk will introduce you to Jewish gravestones and, as a bonus, an overview of Jewish customs for when someone dies. These customs have two goals – before the burial, to respect the dignity of the deceased; and after the burial, to comfort the mourners. Burial practices will be described, followed by the customs observed by the mourners.