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Nichum Aveilim

The LMS Nichum Aveilim Committee supports community members who are in situations of Aninut (the period immediately following a death but before the funeral) and/or Aveilut (the period of mourning following the funeral).
The services provided by the Committee fall into four broad categories:
1. Communication: An announcement of funeral arrangements and Shiva information is sent to the LMS membership via email.
2. Household support: A representative of the Committee is available to consult with the family and determine its needs for the periods of Aninut and Shiva. The Committee is available to help prepare the house for Shiva by covering mirrors, setting up for Minyanim, supplying Shiva chairs and providing other forms of support that may be needed in special situations. They are also able to supply the family with a copy of Rabbi Maurice Lamm’s book “The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning”.
3. Minyanim: If the family wishes to have Minyanim at the Shiva house, the Committee supplies Siddurim, a Shtender, Aron Kodesh and a Sefer Torah. A representative of the Committee will be available to assure that a Minyan is available and that the service runs smoothly.
4. Meals: Meal coordination is normally provided by friends of the aveilim.  Once identified, the coordinator’s contact information will be included in the community announcement.  If some or all the meals will be catered, and if the coordinator would like, they have the option (not mandatory) of using the Shul website to collect funds for this purpose.  Instructions for using the link will be provided in the announcement. 
Once the total cost of the meals is known, and an invoice/ receipt available, the meal coordinator contacts Connie to obtain reimbursement.  If the funds collected is greater than the cost of the meals, the balance is donated to the LMS Rabbi’s Charity Fund.  Any funds raised beyond the actual costs of the meals will be used at the Rabbi’s discretion to assist local families in need.
The work of the Committee is overseen by our Mara D’atra, Rabbi Shmidman.
CONTACT: Should, Chas V’shalom, our services be needed, please contact:
LMS office: (610) 664-5626 or shul@lowermerionsynagogue.org, or
LMS volunteers: Ann Holstein (484)-716-8933 or aholstein39@outlook.com                                        
Jonathan Stieglitz (484) 381-0209 or stigij@yahoo.com
Fred Brown, Yaela Baine, Eitan Dvir, Stuart Rudoler, Julie Feldman
 
Thank you to the many people who help throughout the year with shiva minyanim. To assist with shiva minyanim, please contact Jonathan Stieglitz.
May the LMS Family, and all of Klal Yisrael, share only Simchas in the future.
Mon, September 26 2022 1 Tishrei 5783