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Explaining Jewish Mourning Rituals: Funeral After Miscarriage

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Do Jews hold a funeral after miscarriage?

The answer to this question is not a yes or no. In this short informational video Chai explains her experience creating a funeral after miscarriage with a friend and how she felt held by her community through this deeply personal and difficult time.

As she explains in the video, “My work as a Rabbi is to hold sacred space for people when they are going through life’s challenges and transitions. And I myself was going through a very difficult time. For years I was yearning to be a mom, going through infertility and miscarriages. And Jewish tradition did not really have a ritual to support me during that time. So I created one.”


Gratitude for this Video on a Funeral After Miscarriage

The Lifecycles Project was made possible with generous support from The Koret Foundation, as part of their Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. Based in San Francisco, the Koret Foundation supports groups like G‑dcast that contribute to a thriving community enhancing the quality of life for all.

Many additional thanks to our G‑dcast writers, narrators, producers, directors, sound engineers, musicians, educational advisors, artists and animators for working so hard on this project. A very specific thank you from everyone at G‑dcast to Camille Angel, Barbara Barza, Mayana Bonapart, Ben Bromfield, Rachel Brodie, Blaire Brown, Tammy Chang, Menachem Creditor, Lisa Finkelstein, Danielle Foreman, Roni Handler, Peter Kachtik, Stu Kelman, Julie Bernstein Klein, Deborah Kolben, Sarah Lefton, Chai Levy, Rachel Levinson, Aaron Mandel, Liz Nord, Russel Neiss, Matthue Roth, Emily Savage, Matt Savage, Dan Schifrin, Jeremy Shuback, Ilana Sichel, Lindsey Silken, Jeanne Stern, Oren Stevens, Brett Vanderbrook, Marilyn Wacks, Lesley Wynn, Leah Yamshon and David Zeeman.

This particular video on the explaining Jewish mourning rituals such as having a funeral after miscarriage is part of a larger series exploring the basics of Jewish Lifecycles. Jewish tradition is often specific. There are a myriad of Jewish subcultures and people, and the conversations in this series explores the array of choices people make in interpreting ritual today. To learn more about Jewish Wedding traditions, Jewish Mourning Traditions and Jewish Baby Traditions please take a look at our collection of 20+ videos about rituals – old and new – presented through animation and interviews, here on our site.

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