It is Jewish tradition to set a permanent and conspicuous grave marker as soon as possible following burial, at minimum prior to the one year anniversary of death based on the Hebrew calendar. An unveiling may take place at any time after the burial and is encouraged prior to the one year anniversary.

The unveiling ceremony is a comforting modern day custom, however, an unveiling is not required nor is it Jewish law.  It is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect, reminisce, and pay respect to the deceased.  It is usually a simple and brief gathering which may consist of psalms, readings, and brief comments.  It can include Psalms 1, 15, (16 with exceptions) 23, 90, 91, 103, and 121, a eulogy, removing the veil, the El Mal’e Rachamim and Kaddish. Please contact your rabbi in advance to arrange for a proper unveiling.