Guidelines for Levayas, Shivas and Stonesettings
(updated to be compatible with Scottish Government regulations April 26th 2021)
The Scottish Government has now confirmed that from Monday 26th April, a maximum of 50 people will be able to attend a funeral or stonesetting.
Applying these regulations to Glenduffhill, funeral services will still need to be held outdoors, because of the continued requirement for 2 metre social distancing- our prayer hall is too small.
Families are requested to ensure no more than 50 attend.
If it is unlikely that 10 men will attend, 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 Rebbetzen 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.
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.
We should be blessed with Simchot, good health and a speedy end to the current health crisis.