Jewish attitudes towards the deceased person
The work of the Society is guided in the first instance by long held Jewish attitudes towards the deceased person:
1. Respect for the deceased person
2. Promptness of the funeral
3. Equality in death
Jewish status of the deceased person
Funerals are provided to members of the constituent (member) synagogues and their dependents, to others who are Jewish but not members of constituent synagogues, and also to non-Jewish partners of those who so eligible.
Following the advice of the member synagogues’ Rabbis
In the religious aspects of its work the Society respects and acts on the views of the Rabbis of the constituent synagogues either individually or through their respective Rabbinic councils.
Constituent (member) synagogue communities
The primary task of the Society is to provide funeral and related services to the members of its constituent (member) synagogue communities.
The key principles concerning membership are:
Finances and resources of the Society
The Society aims to be a “fully funded” scheme by managing its finances to ensure that there are adequate resources for the funerals and maintenance of the cemeteries for at least the expected lifetimes of the members of its constituent synagogues. The Society applies all care and diligence in the safe and proper management of its funds.
Choice of type of funeral
A choice of type of funeral is offered, namely, burial at Cheshunt, the Woodland Cemetery and other locations, or cremation.
The next-of-kin of the deceased and other relatives and friends
The Society relates to the next-of-kin with sympathy, compassion and understanding
The employed staff of the Society
The Society treats its employees with respect and fairness, provides a good working environment and level of recompense, recognising that the staff are critical not only in the delivery of the Society’s services but in determining how the Society is perceived by the Jewish community which it serves.
The Society does not show any form of discrimination, recognising that it is a Jewish organisation.
Suppliers and contractors
The Society treats its suppliers and contractors such as undertakers with respect and ensures that all dealing with them are fair and honest.
The wider Jewish community and to society
The Society contributes to the wider Jewish community and to society generally both financially within the limits of its available resources and where appropriate by expressing support and solidarity.
The Society manages its cemeteries and other operations with the utmost respect and consideration for the environment.
The Society respects and appreciates the volunteers who give of their time to the Society.
Registered charity and company
The Society conforms to the requirements of a UK registered charity and complies with all relevant company law.