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Waldman Funeral Care Guidelines during National Health Emergency
There is an overarching principle in Judaism to live our lives in such a way as to protect health and life above all else. After consulting with Kavod v’Nichum (Honor & Comfort) and the Congregation Emanu El Cemetery Committee, which I have sat on for more than 20 years; I have created the following guidelines […]

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BEFORE I DIE-HOUSTON
These events have been postponed due to the Covid-19 Health Emergency POSTPONED: March 27th: Friday 7:15pm RSVP $5.00 Dinner Congregation Emanu El RSVP link: https://www.emanuelhouston.org/event/beforeidie2020  Kicking the Bucket List: Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You DieDo you plan to live forever? Do you ever plan to move? Depending on where you’re going, you […]

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Be Culturally Radical: Live As If You Are Dying Reflections on Yizkor
A story is told of Reb Simcha Bunam, one of the early and great Hasidic masters, who was close to the last moments of life. As he lay in bed, his grief-stricken wife burst into tears. With calm equanimity, the dying man looked at her lovingly, and said: “Why are you crying? My whole life was only […]

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Exceptional Customer Service
Here is a wonderful example from Brian Williams. We all should listen actively, and our Patrons will tell us their needs, wants, and expectations. There is something to be said for “owning” your work and being exceptional, regardless of who you are serving.  Some people…the special ones…are always looking for ways to show their heart through taking care of […]

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One Choice Can Alter Your Destiny
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.

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It’s never been more important to Respect Thy Neighbor.
It’s never been more important to Respect Thy Neighbor. Written by Martin B. Cominsky President and CEO Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

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“The devil whispered in my ear, ‘You’re not strong enough to withstand the storm.’ Today I whispered in the devil’s ear, ‘I am the storm.’”
How much time elapses between Fear saying you can’t do it and YOU saying you can? Like, how long before the storm of Resistance blows over and lets you sail into the sunset of your Work? Below is a tip that easily and quickly blows through creative blocks. The process is as sweet and modest […]

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Breaking Down The Fences
What the Caterpillar thinks is the end, the Butterfly knows is just the beginning...

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All About Military Funeral Honors
Serving the United States of America is among the noblest and most honorable career paths available in this country. To put one’s life on the line to defend our nation’s freedom is worthy of the highest praise, both in service and after death. On Memorial Day, we take this opportunity to celebrate these brave heroes who have fought for our freedom and for those that have lost their lives.

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What Does “It’s All Taken Care Of” Really Mean?
When parents tell their adult children, “It’s all taken care of,” regarding their end-of-life arrangements, what do they mean? Assuming they’ve worked with a competent estate planning attorney, they’ll have a will, perhaps a trust, and advance medical directives in place, with health care and financial power of attorney designees and back-up designees.

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