Traditionally, Jewish monuments have included two basic pieces of information:
In America, it is customary to include the English name, English dates of birth and death, and a short epitaph. At the bottom of the monument, it is traditional to include the inscription:
This translates to “May/his/her/their soul(s) be bound up in the bond of life”
The universal symbol for “Jewish”, this symbol serves as a means of identification and connection with the Jewish people.
This symbol is for a man who is a Kohayn. It is symbolic of the Priestly Benediction with which the Kohanim are commanded to bless the Jewish people.
This symbolizes a Levi, and their role is assisting the Kohanim.
A frequently used symbol for women, the Menorah or Sabbath candlesticks reflect a woman’s traditional role as the mainstay of the Jewish home.
This symbol is often used to indicate the deceased as a survivor of the Holocaust.
This symbol is often used to indicate the deceased as an army veteran.
In addition to these, there are also symbols used for members of the military, fraternal organizations, and for various professions. Our monument specialists are here to advise you on the selection of the most appropriate and meaningful symbols to commemorate your loved one.