Cremation remains a taboo among most Jews, especially in Orthodox Judaism but also in the more liberal groups. No one has any hard numbers on how prevalent the practice of cremation is among Jews. Conversations with Jewish funeral professionals from across the country suggest that the proportion of Jews who choose cremation varies widely by geography but they do agree the numbers are increasing.
Though both Orthodox and non-Orthodox rabbinical authorities frown on cremation, Jewish law is not unclear about it and directly bans the practice. It is common to have both Conservative and Reform
rabbis officiate at the funerals of
people who will be cremated but Orthodox groups allow no such
leeway to their rabbis.