As part of our mission to enhance Jewish life, the OU Levaya Program substantially lowers the cost of a traditional, halachic levaya (funeral), while maintaining the highest level of adherence to Halacha (Jewish law).
The OU Levaya Program: ensures k’vod ha-met, that the deceased is cared for in accordance with all the requirements. When purchasing the chapel or graveside funeral service at current prices, additional items that would normally cost extra such as : simple pine coffin, hand-sewn linen shrouds, and the Tahara – ritual cleansing of the deceased, are included at no extra charge, thus providing a meaningful cost savings to the OU member.
All the halachic aspects of the OU Levaya Program are provided by the Chevra Kadisha of the Va’ad Harabonim of Queens (in Brooklyn, Tahara is performed by the Chevra Kadisha of the Va’ad Harabbanim of Flatbush), or by your own chevra. When necessary, arrangements can be made at additional cost for shmira, the use of other chapels, or for transfer to a cemetery in Israel.
Parkside Memorial Chapels is one of the most reputable, independent Jewish funeral homes. Still Jewish family owned and operated, it is committed to upholding our traditions, and to treating everyone with dignity and respect.
To take advantage of this wonderful program, you must be a member of the Orthodox Union prior to the time of passing.
Please contact Rose Kahn at 212.613.8137 to arrange for membership. You can also call Miriam Ganz at the OU at 212-613-8198 to discuss the program.