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Death & Mourning Tools

Your toolkit for talking about death from a Jewish perspective


Talking to Young Children about Death: A Jewish Perspective

Talking to young children about death: a Jewish perspective

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What to Bring or Send to a Shiva

Learn what is customary to bring to a Jewish mourner during shiva

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Remembering Rachel Cowan

The Jewish world lost an extraordinary leader at the end of August when Rabbi Rachel Cowan died

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Death is All Religions

Death is all religions, it is every faith and it shakes us


Remembering Jonathan Woocher

This post originally appeared on and is reprinted with permission. Editor’s note: InterfaithFamily is heartbroken over the recent loss of longtime supporter Jonathan Woocher. He made an incredible and lasting impact on our organization and the greater Jewish community for which we are forever grateful. The Jewish world has lost a truly remarkable leader with the death […]


Loss and Gain

The doctor calls Adrian and me saying, “Congratulations! You’re pregnant!” Adrian hugs me and we lift Helen up and kiss her little 16-month-old cheeks. “Helen! Helen!” we cry, “Helen you are going to have a little brother or sister!” Helen pushes our faces away not exactly understanding and gallops into the bedroom in search of […]


Having a Yahrzeit For My Lutheran Dad

By Tara Worthey Segal I formally converted to Judaism one month after I lost my father and two weeks before getting married. I hadn’t been raised with much religion. I was baptized Lutheran, but always joked that my parents did that more out of superstition than dogma. They didn’t do much to disabuse me of […]


3 Reasons Why Mary Tyler Moore Was a Feminist Icon

By Joanna Valente TV icon and women’s rights advocate Mary Tyler Moore, who was in an interfaith marriage, died today after being hospitalized in Connecticut. She was 80 years old. Her representative, Mara Buxbaum, told the Huffington Post in a statement: “Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of […]


Listening to Christian Spirituals at the Jewish Cemetery

On my mom’s birthday last week, I left the house to go to the cemetery first thing. Being there, walking in the always slightly-moist, lush grass in front of her monument can provide a moment of peace on special days. But getting there feels brutally un-special—sitting in my “mom car” driving the same roads I […]