Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society

Charity Number SCO14704


Guidelines for Levayas, Shivas and Stonesettings
( updated to be compatible with Scottish Government regulations )


The Scottish Government has now confirmed that at present there is no limit to the number of people able to attend a funeral or stone setting.

Applying these regulations to Glenduffhill, funeral services will usually still need to be held outdoors- our prayer hall is too small. The prayer hall may start to be used for smaller funerals but this remains to be confirmed.

If it is unlikely that 10 men will attend for a funeral, please advise Carolyn Dover and we will seek volunteers to ensure there is a minyan.

As has been the case for the past few months, only mourners will be asked to put in earth at a funeral.

Individuals or community representatives might consider livestreaming funerals or stone settings in order to allow others to be included.


At this time, a gathering of people in a Shiva house does not comply with government social distancing requirements. Therefore, Shiva visits should not take place. No minyanim will be held at Shiva houses and the Rabbi and Rebbetzin will not visit the Shiva house.

Chairs and books for the mourner(s) to read can be made available by the synagogue office.
Community members are encouraged to fulfil the mitzvah of Nichum Aveilim ( comforting the mourners ) in other ways, such as through phone calls and email.

Tombstone Settings

i) Tombstones should be arranged with one of the approved stonemasons, and should be erected by them within one year of death.

ii) Families may wish to make a provisional booking for a stone setting ceremony with Carolyn Dover and with their Rabbi. There is no time limit on when such a ceremony might take place.
All of these guidelines are subject to change as mandated by the Scottish Government from time to time.

All of these guidelines are subject to change as mandated by the Scottish Government from time to time.

We should be blessed with Simchot, good health and a speedy end to the current health crisis.