New York, NY, August 16, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- There is a tradition in the Jewish religion to bury loved ones within 24 hours of their death. This practice had been easily fulfilled over the generations, as most friends and family lived in the same town. But today, when people have relationships with those who live thousands of miles away, this Jewish tradition has become difficult to fulfill.
People today need to know immediately when someone has died, so they can make plans to get to the funeral. Till120.com, headquartered in New York, offers a unique answer.
The company today launched an enhanced, one-of-a-kind website that provides notifications and other services for Jews in mourning across the United States and beyond. People worldwide can simply log onto the free website, plug in a U.S. zip code and receive daily emails with obituary information of Jews in that community who died. Through Till120.com, people have the instant information they need to practice the Jewish tradition, from attending the funeral to paying a Shiva call.
“You only have one chance to say farewell at the funeral,” said Joseph Melohn, founder of Till120.com “Till120.com uses the latest available technologies to help people attend the burial.”
There is no cost to use the service, either to place an obituary or to receive notifications. Till120.com receives information from Jewish funeral homes and synagogues, as well as from individuals. The information is forwarded via e-mail to anyone who has requested notification of the passing of Jews from a particular zip code. The website also includes ways to send condolence gifts to mourners, make a charitable donation in the name of the deceased, post a permanent online memorial and receive yahrtzeit reminders.
The concept has been well received within the Jewish community. According to Rabbi Shalom Stern of Temple Beth El in Cedarhurst, NY, “this is a phenomenal website and concept, providing a great opportunity and degree of kindness and encouragement in times of bereavement for the Jewish community worldwide.”
With the Jewish population spread worldwide and the tradition of a quick burial remaining important to Jews, Till120.com is an important way of using the latest technology to maintain the customs of an ancient religion. “The website is particularly useful to rabbis who serve a specific community and for those who have spent most of their lives in a community but have since moved away,” Melohn said. “We want Till120.com to become a trusted resource in every community across the United States. There is no service like Till120.com; we believe it fills a very specific void.”
The name of the company and website, Till120.com, comes from a traditional Jewish blessing, “may you live till 120.” It refers to the age Moses is said to have lived to and is meant to wish someone a happy, healthy and long life.
Till120.com is a one-of-a-kind website dedicated to informing the Jewish community across the world about the passing of community members. Easily accessible to users at no cost, the website also provides ways to send condolences, donate to charity in the name of loved ones, create permanent online memorials and receive yahrzeit reminders.