—Josh Slocum, Executive Director
What would you say if a state agency said you were required to hire a licensed supervisor for your son’s Bar Mitzvah? Or engage a “Certified Celebration Director”* to oversee the events at your daughter’s Quinceañera? You’re probably laughing, but that’s exactly what the state of Pennsylvania tried to do with funerals. But outspoken Pittsburgh Rabbi Daniel Wasserman put the kibosh on this unwarranted intrusion by settling a case against the Commonwealth on December 17, 2012. The State Board of Funeral Directors and the Department of State agreed in a memorandum that laws requiring funeral director licensure do not apply to individuals or religious communities that carry out funerals privately without profit or payment.