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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

2015 - Austin, Texas

Welcome to our next conference, the 13th annual North American Chevra Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference which will be held at the Dell Campus in Austin Texas February 22 through 24, 2015.

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Timing - Our conference is often in June, but this year will be February 22-24.  The earlier date will make this a winter break for folks up North, with Austin temperatures in the moderate range. The conference officially begins at noon on Sunday and ends at 1pm on Tuesday. We will have workshops, talks, text study, networking, and meals through 11 pm each night and we start programming at 7am.  

Watch for announcements of some pre and post conference activities.

Meals - In addition to Sunday brunch, we provide six Kosher meals as part of your conference registration. Please let us know if you have allergies or special dietary needs.

Flights - Direct flights to Austin, TX

Hotels - We have negotiated great hotel rates. Please don't wait to make your reservations.


90% of the registration fee if you cancel in writing before Jan 1.

80% of the registration fee if you cancel in writing before Jan 15.

50% of the registration fee if you cancel in writing Feb 1 or later, and only if you have a really good excuse!

Program - The conference program includes plenary presentations and four specialty tracks. Participants may stick to one track, or pick and choose among the tracks. 

Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington