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Jewish Death Practices:
Overview / Summary
Origins and History
Visiting the Sick or Dying 

Phases of Death Observance
    Approaching the Time of Death
    Between Death and Burial
    Burial and Cremation 
    Mourning Practices

Spiritual Aspects
Funeral Homes
Funeral Contracts


Chevra Kadisha:
Articles about Chevra Kadisha

Tahara Manuals and Procedures
Tahara Training
Tahara Stories
Tahara Supplies Lists
Funeral Home Supplies


Organ Donation


Infection Control


Next Conference
Previous Conferences


Learning & Resources:
Gamliel Institute

KNIT Resource Center
    Contacts for Answers
    Catalog of Articles
    Additional Links

FAQ About Death and Dying
Modern Dilemmas
Guided Learning
Jewish Sources and  Responsa
Synagogue Brochures
Community Education

2012 Chevra Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference - Chevra Kadisha Track Workshops

A Sampling of Workshops Includes:

Chevra Kadisha Organizing, Training and Education. How do you build community support? What is the role of the clergy? What are the differences between community based and synagogue based. What services does the Chevra Kadisha provide? What kind of ongoing training is provided? Recognizing organizing opportunities.

Experiences in Different Communities in the United States and Canada

How the Chevra Kadisha works in South Africa, England and Australia

The Los Angles Chevra Kadisha Scene - Orthodox, Conservative and Developing Chevra Kadisha groups. What is unique about Los Angeles?

Community Education about Traditional Practices for Unaffiliated Jews. How can we build alliances between denominations? What is the role of the Federation and Jewish Family Services? What is the best way to involve the local Jewish newspaper?

Maavar Yabbok - Text Study. Blending practical advice with Kabbalistic references, this text from 1626 provides the underpinning for Chevra Kadisha work.

Ethical Wills - How to relate important life experiences and pass on your values to future generations. Learn how to write or record an ethical will and then begin yours. Develop the skills so that you can teach others to create their own.


Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington