Shiva and Jewish Mourning

Plant Trees and Donate in Memory of Loved Ones

What is Shiva? In Jewish tradition, Shiva is a 7-day period of mourning for a close relative (spouse, child, parent, or sibling), immediately following the funeral. Shiva is intended to comfort the mourners, and can vary depending on a family's level of religious observance. 


Friends, family, and members of the community visit the mourners during Shiva to provide support. 


Honoring loved ones after their death is a meaningful way to provide comfort. Jewish National Fund offers many ways to send love, comfort, and meaning in memory of the deceased. 

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Plant Trees

Since our founding in 1901, JNF has planted over 260 million trees in Israel. Memorialize a loved one by planting trees in his or her memory.

Donation in Memory

Memorialize a loved one by making a contribution in their memory. You have the option of sending an acknowledgment to the family of the deceased that you have made a gift in memory of their loved one.

Fundraise in Memory

Tell the story of a special person and provide the opportunity for others to be a part of their legacy by setting up a fundraising site through Jewish National Fund. 

Inscribe a Letter

Continue a loved one’s legacy by inscribing a Torah. Through Be Inscribed, you can participate in the sacred act of writing a Torah on top of Masada, starting at just $36 for a letter. Receive a certificate, signifying your inscription, to remember your loved one.

Send Food and Learn More through, a Jewish National Fund partner, offers many resources for learning about Shiva practices and Jewish mourning. In addition to learning resources, you can pick from an assortment of platters and food options to send to a loved one’s family on makes same day deliveries and allows you to send your love even if you are unable to visit in person. 

Remembering Yartzheit through

Commemorate a loved one with a plaque through Jewish National Fund partner organization National Jewish Memorial Wall.

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