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Agreement Between the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of GW and Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home - 7-1-21 through 6-30-2024

Agreement Between the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington and Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home

For 7/1/21 through 6/30/24

1.             This contract is made between the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington, Inc., hereinafter called "JFPC," and Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, LLC. , with premises at 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 20904 hereinafter called the "Funeral Director" or "FD," effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024.

2.             FD understands that JFPC's primary purpose is to permit and encourage Jewish congregations and organizations to honor their dead by taking the lead in ritual activities and in protecting and comforting the mourners, to help everyone in the Jewish community and to follow the Jewish values of quick burial, and simplicity and equality in death. FD agrees to cooperate to further those purposes.

3.             The Funeral Director agrees to provide any person who requests a Jewish funeral, a complete Jewish funeral, for the price of $2,800 with annual increases of 5% (beginning on 7/1/22) or in accordance with the CPI, whichever is greater, exclusive of optional additions, and will offer pre-need agreements on the same basis. CPI shall mean the U.S. Government's Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in Washington-Baltimore for the most recent 12 month period available. Reference data may be found at The price for the year July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 will be $3,010.

4.             If the body is transported to another funeral director prior to a funeral service, the charge for FD's services shall be $1800 plus $3.44 per loaded mile beyond 40 miles from Hines-Rinaldi. The same fee shall apply to transporting a body to any of the 3 major Washington airports (DCA, BWI or IAD) excluding cost of Zeigler case and/or shipping container. $1800 shall also be charged for picking a body up from common carrier at any of the 3 major Washington airports and transporting to Funeral Director, synagogue and/or graveside.

The complete Jewish funeral package shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

5.             Removal of the body from the place of death, or another place, within 40 miles of Hines-Rinaldi, to Hines Rinaldi.

6.             Securing a signed copy of the physician's death certificate at the place of death and at the time of removal. If the death certificate is not ready, $100 will be charged for obtaining the death certificate later.

7.             Refrigeration as required.

8.             An all-wood pine rectangular casket, of appropriate size for the particular deceased, as mutually agreed between the Committee and the FD. If a special size casket is necessary, the 26" wide casket will be priced at $1,595, if a shorter casket is necessary, it will be priced at $2,500. A casket credit of $675 will be provided to those needing a special sized casket. If casket with no handles is required, a credit of $ 125 will be issued.

9.             Use of the FD's premises 24 hours per day including Sundays, for ritual washing (tahara) and watching (shmira) of the body and a restroom for the people involved. Ritual washing includes cleaning the body and stopping bleeding, dressing the body in a shroud set (tachrichim), placing it into the casket, and closing the casket. FD will provide all necessary supplies for the ritual washing, including muslin shroud sets, Israeli earth, ritual prayer shawl, and clay shards, and protective clothing for the washers. FD will cooperate fully in learning the needs and meeting them. FD will continue to maintain a dedicated tahara room with private entrance with a table suitable for performing tahara, with running water, heating, air conditioning, overhead lift, and all supplies needed. FD will also continue to maintain a dedicated shmira area separate from, and adjacent to the tahara room, with a telephone and rest room (shared with the tahara room). JFPC agrees to e-mail those performing these services regarding the need to leave the ID tag affixed to the decedent as required by Maryland law. It is understood that JFPC has no way of knowing all individuals performing these services; therefore, signage will also be posted in the tahara room.

10.          Cleaning, dressing and casketing the body when ritual washing is not performed.

11.          Price includes services at a synagogue or graveside - Use of the FD's chapel is an option. $750 will be the fee for the premium venue (Chapel) or $600 for the standard venue. This will be added to the contract price.

12.          Transportation of the body to another place, such as a synagogue or a home for the funeral service, then transportation to the designated cemetery within 40 miles of Hines-Rinaldi, accompanied by a funeral director and another FD employee.

13.          Handling of all customary paperwork, such as newspaper notices, Social Security and Veterans claims and death certificates. This does not include the additional charges for those items made by the newspapers, or the fees for the certificates, which shall be charged at cost.

14.          FD will order certified copies of the death certificate on behalf of the family. If requested to secure certified copies by some other means, FD will charge $ 100 for doing so. Mailing copies of the death certificates by certified mail, $35

15.          Guest register book and fifty acknowledgment cards (memorial package), and Shiva/ritual candle, to be given to the family.

16.          All transportation to and from places within 40 miles of Hines-Rinaldi is included. Transportation of the body within the area of Maryland and Virginia beyond the 40 miles will be charged at $3.44 per loaded mile. Road trips to the tristate region of New York City (within a 40 mile radius of New York City) and New Jersey will be charged at $ 1200. Road trips to Philadelphia (within a 40 mile radius of Philadelphia) will be charged at $919. Any area outside of these areas will be charged at $3.44 per loaded mile plus reasonable overnight expenses required, such as hotel fees and meals.

17.          The family will not be required to visit the funeral home. Paperwork may be accomplished, and necessary signatures obtained, by fax or email. In the event that a family does not have access to fax or email, a visit to the funeral home will be required to complete the necessary paperwork and provide the appropriate authorizations. Should a family prefer or request an in person consultation, this option will be made available at no additional cost.

18.          This funeral is provided as a package. There will be no credit for services or merchandise provided above which are not taken by the patron, except as specified in this contract.


19.          On request, FD will furnish one or more 8 passenger black, sedan type limousines and drivers for a minimum of four hours, at $595 each. Each additional hour shall be charged at $150 per hour or portion thereof. The time is measured from the time the limousine leaves the garage to the time it returns, but no more than one hour shall be charged for the round trip to and from the garage. Limo costs may be adjusted once each year to pass through price increases by the limo contractor. Thirty days notice will be provided before price changes.

20.          Only at the initiative of the family, should they not be satisfied with the casket option, the FD may serve that family outside of the terms of this agreement and agrees to inform the family that it is doing so.

21.          A Ziegler case for air transportation may be sold at $804 and/or an air tray at $250. FD may increase the price annually for Ziegler cases and shipping containers for increases in prices as it is required to pay its supplier.

22.          At the family's request, the FD will supply a minimum concrete outer burial container, as mutually agreed between the Committee and the FD, which allows contact with the soil, at the price of $ 1 195

Additional Agreements

23.          FD will not attempt to sell any upgraded merchandise or service to the bereaved that is not provided for in this agreement.

24.          Families will be required to pay at the time services are rendered.

25.          FD will advise JFPC of any changes in its procedures and practices which impact funeral services performed under this agreement, 15 days prior to implementing the change.

26.          FD will furnish JFPCGW quarterly statistics of funerals performed and pre-need contracts made under this agreement by the 15th day of the succeeding month, including the name of the deceased, the congregation or other source of the call, and the total billed.

27.          This agreement includes 2 renewal options, each for 2 years, with the same annual price adjustment referenced in item # 3 above, at the option of the JFPC.

28.          This Agreement sets forth the entire understanding between the parties and no amendment or modification of this Agreement shall be binding or valid unless expressed in writing and executed by all of the parties hereto. This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of Maryland.

Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington