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  Vaad Harabonim of Queens   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The "Chevra Kadisha", the "Sacred Society" was generally the first group to be organized in the founding of any Jewish community.
Such Jews and the Chevras that represented their communities came to the Jewish funeral home to do battle with the funeral director in a holy war where every compromise was perceived as territory lost.
Chevras of young, educated and sincere people, men and women committed to maintaining the beauty and the uniqueness of our heritage have sprung up all across this country.
www.queensvaad.org /chevra/index.cfm?ChevraID=14   (1522 words)

The story of Chevra Kadisha Mortuary and its significance to Los Angeles' observant community is an ongoing saga of crime, punishment and redemption surrounding an institution that deals with one of the most holy times in the Jewish life cycle.
Chevra Kadisha was temporarily closed in December 1997 just before its founder, Zalman Manela, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading no contest to charges of forgery and grand theft.
Chevra Kadisha was allowed to reopen in February as long as Manela was uninvolved in the business and the facility properly placed pre-need funds in trust according to a state-imposed schedule, among other conditions.
www.jewishjournal.com /home/searchview.php?id=2896   (1204 words)

 Chevra Kadisha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A chevra kadisha (חברה קדישא Hebrew: "holy society", acting as a "burial society") is a loosely structured but generally closed organization of Jewish men and women who see to it that the bodies of Jews are prepared for burial according to Halakha (Jewish law) and are protected from desecration, willful or not, until burial.
Two of the main requirements are the showing of proper respect for a corpse, and the ritual cleansing of the body and subsequent dressing for burial.
The task of the chevra kadisha is considered a laudable one, as tending to the dead is a favour that the recipient cannot return, making it devoid of ulterior motives.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chevra_kadisha   (480 words)

 Chelm.org's Description of Taharot Procedures
Chevra Kadisha's are voluntary organizations that prepare people for burial.
It is the practice of Chevra Kadisha of ******* to bury any blood and blood stained material found with the person, since at the time of performing the duties it is impossible to be sure of this distinction.
It is the practice of the Chevra Kadisha of CITY to make sure tihillim are said on the hour every hour for fifteen minute so mourners know when they are said if tihillim are not to be continual.
www.chelm.org /jewish/taharot/index.html   (2043 words)

 Chevra Kadisha
The Chevra Kadisha volunteers provide the important service of making sure that Jewish individuals are properly prepared for burial and are properly attended to until internment.
As Jewish communities formed throughout the world, a Chevra Kadisha was one of the first groups to be organized in each community.
The primary function of a Chevra Kadisha is the preparation and burial of the deceased in accordance with Jewish law (halachah).
www.congregationagudathsholom.org /chevrakadisha.htm   (324 words)

Why was the chevra generally perceived by the funeral director as an outside group to be called in at a time of necessity, only when insisted upon by the family, the rabbi, the society, or the cemetery?
Respect for the chevra kadisha as an institution, appreciation for the beauty of its customs, interest in its meaning to the Jewish community, declined to a great extent.
These chevras, representing societies or congregations, had little understanding of the practical and economic needs and problems of the funeral director, nor were they willing to learn.
www.beliefnet.com /story/47/story_4702.html   (1358 words)

 Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home ~ Kingston, New York ~ Caring Funeral and Cremation Services
It is the responsibility of the Chevra Kadisha to prepare the deceased for burial according to traditional practice.
Chevra Kadisha literally means "Holy Society", and refers to the holiness of spirit with which these duties are preformed.
Members of the Chevra Kadisha who perform the ritual tasks do so with a sense of responsibility to serve the needs of the community, and derive no personal or monetary gain.
www.simpsongaus.com /services/jewish.shtml   (2072 words)

 The Jewish Week   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Chevra kadisha literally means “holy society,” and volunteering with such groups is considered one of the highest mitzvot a person can perform because the beneficiary — the deceased — is unable to thank the volunteer and the mourners are not told who performed the tasks.
Another issue that may distinguish the group from more traditional chevra kadisha groups is the need to be sensitive to the needs of gay, lesbian and transgender Jews, the core constituency of Beth Simchat Torah, one of the synagogues involved in the project.
Liberal chevra kadisha groups have a lot of freedom to develop their own customs and policies, says Rabbi Linda Holtzman, founder of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College’s chevra kadisha and vice president of Kavod v’Nichum, the new national group, because “very little in tahara is halachic,” or prescribed by Jewish law.
www.thejewishweek.com /news/newscontent.php3?artid=7517&print=yes   (1699 words)

 Beth El Synagogue: Ritual Life
Beth El's Chevra Kadisha is charged with the responsibility of ensuring a 'proper' Jewish burial for our members as well as helping to train members of other local synagogues so that their congregations are also able to provide appropriate rituals for their members.
The Chevra Kadisha is an all-volunteer group and there are many jobs which must be done when there is a death in the community.
It is said that being a member of the Chevra Kadisha and being a part of all that happens when a death occurs is perhaps the ultimate mitzvah - since the deceased can never say 'thank you'.
www.betheldurham.org /rituallife/chevrakadisha.html   (332 words)

 Temple Beth Israel, Eugene Oregon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
TBI’s Chevra Kadisha, the traditional Jewish burial society, was started about 25 years ago by Rabbi Myron Kinberg, z"l.
Depending on the needs and wishes of the family when a death occurs, the chevra kadisha volunteers may provide assistance with funeral coordination, working with the rabbis, and may meet the family at the hospital, home, or funeral home; we may also accompany the family to choose a burial space.
We have also developed a modern guide for tahara which is now being used by chevra kadisha groups across the country.
www.tbieugene.org /chevra_kadisha.html   (300 words)

 History and Background of Chevra Kadisha
The policy of the Chevra was no Jew was to be denied a tahara whose family requested one.
This increased awareness led to the formation of a community-wide Chevra Kadisha society in the late 1980s under the umbrella of the Rabbinical Council of Washington with Rabbi Kalman Winter serving as the Halachic overseer.
The Chevra Kadisha performs services in addition to taharas - such as assisting family members in arranging funerals including burial in Israel, arranging for Shmira, assisting in chapel and gravesite services, and Shiva services at homes.
www.jewish-funerals.org /dctaharah.htm   (1044 words)

 The Chevra Kadisha   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Hence, the “Chevrah Kadisha” (pronounced Hevra Kadeesha), or burial society, is responsible for the physical and spiritual preparation of the corpses.
For this reason, a men’s Chevrah Kadisha is usually populated by older Jewish men with too much time on their hands.
Funerary customs are traditionally supervised in Jewish communities by a Chevra Kadisha, a holy society, comprised of volunteers who aid the bereaved and ensure that appropriate practices are followed.
www.theburialsociety.com /html/chevra.html   (244 words)

 Jewish News, Jewish Newspapers - Forward.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Chevra Kadisha quietly and privately washes, purifies and dresses the deceased in white linen shrouds tied with knots in the shape of the Hebrew letter
Chevra Kadisha members also recite lyrical prayers as a way of bearing witness to the last of life’s passages.
Chevra Kadisha members who face the most daunting challenges are the first-line responders to terrorist attacks in Israel.
www.forward.com /article/tahara-securing-a-dignified-final-passage   (985 words)

 Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight - IN-DEPTH FEATURES
Shachor says there is no competition between his Chevra Kadisha and Perushim, and he usually directs religious families to bury their deceased in the Perushim section rather than in his, although sometimes he gets a religious Jew who asks to be buried near a parent or relative in the Kehillas Yerushalayim cemetery.
Chevra Kadishas cannot charge a citizen for a burial plot or for burial costs.
Shachor says that an economist hired by the Chevra Kadishas determined that the actual total cost to them of development is NIS 14,500 per grave and not NIS 11,000 as the Knesset claimed, and that this new law puts an undue burden on the Chevra Kadishas.
chareidi.shemayisrael.com /archives5763/VY63features2.htm   (3778 words)

 North American Chevra Kadisha Conference Speaker Biographies
Chevra Kavod Hamet, despite opposition from the local funeral homes and from other rabbis, created an alternative for synagogue members to avail themselves of a traditional funeral and burial where members of the Chevra did the tahara and the shmira.
The Chevra Kadisha was the subject of an ABC TV documentary which was followed by Rabbi Goodman's authorship of the 1981 book, A Plain Pine Box.
Hausman was one of the founders of the Tifereth Israel Congregation Bereavement committee and Chevra Kadisha, where the JFPCGW began in 1976.
www.jewish-funerals.org /conference/conferencespeakers.htm   (5355 words)

 The Angels of "True Mercy" - Israel's Unsung Heroes
The chief of the chevra kadisha said, as soon as Sabbath was over, “No one approached us, and in any case, we would not have refused.
Lapid, the shrill fellow who compared the chevra kadisha to “Islamic Jihad,” continues to insist that his version is the correct one.
The volunteers of the chevra kadisha deserve the greatest praise and support for their selfless work, and those who condemn them on the basis of a groundless fabrication should be ashamed.
www.jewish-history.com /editorial/editorial_06082001.html   (892 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - Lifecycle: Starting a Hevra Kaddisha
Chevra kadisha work is a tradition handed down the generations, through family connections.
The rabbi will now announce the availability of the chevra kadisha services to the congregation in a sermon, in the syna­gogue bulletin, and in an interview with the local news media.
This information should include the phone numbers of the heads of the chevra kadisha, and should urge the community to call upon the chevra whenever death intrudes into the life of their family.
www.myjewishlearning.com /lifecycle/Death/Practical_Aspects_Death_TO/Forming_a_HK.htm   (942 words)

 Beth Israel Synagogue Cemetery
The first Chevra Kadisha to provide for the burial of all members of the community was established by Eleazar Ashkenazi in Prague in 1564 and confirmed by the Austrian government.
The institution of Chevra Kadisha is unique to the Jewish Community and derives from the Jewish tradition and law that no material benefit may accrue from the dead.
Support of the Chevra Kadisha was a holy obligation of all the members of the community and in some cases, whole families undertook the work.
www.thebethisrael.com /cemetery/index.html   (3397 words)

 The Pinkas of the Chevra Kadisha of Slutsk
The chevra kadisha, literally "holy society," is the term used to describe the Jewish burial society, an organization that has existed in Jewish communities for centuries and still exists today throughout the world.
The pinkas of the chevra kadisha of Slutsk (53°01'N/27°33'E) is one of the largest-if not the largest-to survive the Holocaust, both in number of pages and in years covered.
Although other pinkassim of a chevra kadisha may include rules for governing the chevra, (for example, elections, memberships or honors) the pinkas from Slutsk does not have such information.
www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org /slutsk/ChevraKadisha.html   (4556 words)

 TotallyJewish.com | News | Sudak
Members of Chevra Kadisha are the ones who take charge of burying the departed, but they are not to be confused with an undertaker or funeral director.
Amongst the most notable Chevra Kadisha practitioners was Moshe Rabeinu (Moses), who personally concerned himself with the remains of Yosef (Joseph), whose last wish was that he be buried in the Holy Land and that the Jews should not leave his body behind in Egypt when the time of their redemption arrived.
Some Chevra Kadisha use this Seudah as an opportunity to review the personal needs of people living in their town and decide which needs they could address.
www.totallyjewish.com /news/sudak/?content_id=2793   (726 words)

 Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight - IN-DEPTH FEATURES
The Ashkenazic Chevra Kadisha came to be known as the "General Chevra Kadisha" or the Perushim, as it is colloquially called.
Several Chevra Kadisha workers were killed during the riots and it was no longer possible to risk burial there.
The fourth Chevra Kadisha to get land was the Chassidim Chevra Kadisha, which was formed when various chassidic kollelim (founded in the late nineteenth centuries) joined together to provide burial services for their members.
chareidi.shemayisrael.com /archives5763/LL63features1.htm   (1620 words)

 JOFA: Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance
Achevra kadisha (burial society) is a group of Jewish men and women, usually community volunteers, responsible for the proper preparation of the dead for burial in accordance with Jewish law and custom.
We were taught by the Breuer Women’s chevra, who were most hospitable and supportive once they overcame their shock that women in their twenties were taking on this task.
She was a founding member of the Lincoln Square Synagogue Women’s chevra kadisha.
www.jofa.org /social_htm.php?bib_id=795   (663 words)

One large Chevra Kadisha, the holy burial society which helped arrange and perform last rites for Jews, served their needs.
Whatever the reason, from its earliest days San Francisco's Chevra Kadisha was a unifying force in the Jewish Community, one representing all elements of Jewish life.
The function of Chevra Kadisha is, and has always been, to ensure proper observation of funeral rites and burial traditions for all Jews - Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, even those Jews with no formal affiliation.
www.sinaichapel.org /history.htm   (398 words)

 Thirteen/WNET - Online Pressroom - Press Release
Throughout the ages, Jewish communities have established burial societies, called Chevra Kadishas, whose sole function is the care of the deceased from the time of death until interment.
The time-honored ritual of preparing the deceased in accordance with Jewish tradition is called the "Tahara," which includes the washing and ritual purification of the dead before burial, and the dressing in traditional shrouds.
Rochel Berman from Chevra Kadisha, the Jewish Burial Society of Westchester, New York, explains the process of Tahara and why it is considered one of the greatest deeds to be performed in Judaism.
www.thirteen.org /pressroom/release.php?get=1417   (207 words)

 Machon Itim The Jewish Life Information Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
In general, the chevra kadisha is responsible for transporting the deceased from his place of death, watching over his body, and tending to it until the burial.
During this period of time, the chevra kadisha carries out several tasks.
Members of the chevra kadisha, called mitaskim, perform these tasks.
www.itim.org.il /bin/en.jsp?enLastAction=null&enDispWho=CeremonySubTopic^l17&enPage=BlankPage_E&enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=object&enZone=CeremonySubTopic&&enInfolet=ViewObject_E.jsp   (417 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - LifeCycle: Why I Joined a Hevra Kaddisha
She was the moving force, and became the chairperson of the Women's Chevra.
We all felt that the first law of the Chevra is to treat the dead with the same tenderness as though they were alive.
The family usually does not even know which members of the Chevra were involved in the taharah of their beloved departed one.
www.myjewishlearning.com /lifecycle/Death/Practical_Aspects_Death/Why_I_Joined_a_HK.htm   (1319 words)

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