Sol Levinson & Bros. has been committed to providing families with safe, dignified Jewish funerals during the COVID-19 pandemic. By making the decision to close our facility to the public early on, and adhering to preventative measures to reduce exposure, we have been able to operate safely while still providing meaningful funeral services for the community.
It is with an abundance of caution and consideration that we have made the decision to reopen our chapels for services effective November 15, 2020. Our chapels will provide a warm, comfortable space to hold services during the winter months and provide a semblance of normalcy that many families are seeking at this time. We are, however, still mindful of the precautions needed to maintain a safe environment for our staff, clergy, and the community, and will be taking precautions when holding indoor chapel services.
This information is current as of:
We Care About Your Health and Well-Being
We want you to rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to reduce the spread of the virus among the community while still providing caring and compassionate service to those who wish for a Jewish funeral service. Every decision we make is carefully and thoughtfully made by our dedicated and informed management team who meet regularly to discuss changes in State guidelines and news from the CDC and WHO.
Balancing the safety and well-being of the members of our community is of the utmost importance of every decision we make, so the following precautions are being taken to protect everyone involved in the funeral service:
Precautions Being Taken at Levinson's
Reduced capacity - 20 people in the main chapel, 20 people in the small chapel
Social distancing protocols in place - spaced out seating for attendees and clergy
Separate podiums for family and clergy
Screening and temperature checks upon entry into the building - those showing symptoms of potential illness will be asked to refrain from entering the chapel
Sanitizing of chapels, high-touch surfaces, and restrooms as well as installation of specialized air filters to minimize the spread of airborne microorganisms
Masks required to enter the building and will be provided if needed
Levinson employees complete a health screening before coming to work each day
One of the impacts on our community is the loss of the support we get from the ritual of shiva. We strongly encourage families to set up their own Zoom shiva. Levinson's will provide contact-less delivery of shiva materials to the location of your choosing.
You can also work with the rabbi to set a time for a virtual minyan and, if you wish, we can put the minyan days and times on our website along with your Zoom link. That way you can have support in prayer, as well as some time for multiple family members to share their memories.
Families who wish to have a graveside service may still do so, with proper social distancing measures in place. Please consult a funeral director for more information to decide what option is best for your family.