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9th North American Chevra Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference - June 2011 in Chicago

The 9th North American Chevra Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference is two days -- June 12-14 -- of intense learning focused on the end of life continuum. From bikkur cholim, to tahara and shmira, funeral and burial and mourning, this conference allows every participant to immerse in the knowledge, resources, texts, and discussions vital to working in their own community.

If you are new to end of life work, this gathering will provide you education and inspiration, concrete resources and a network of experts. And did we mention networking?

If you are experienced, the conference gives you a wealth of options to learn in-depth, or branch out to new areas.

If you need emotional re-charging, get your batteries ready because you will be re-inspired, re-enthused, and re-energized by the amazing teachers and folks who attend this conference.

Is your synagogue starting a Chevra Kadisha?
Does your tahara team need a refresher course on knot tying?
Have you wondered what the Tahara liturgy is all about?
Are your cemetery trustees struggling with marketing and financial issues?
Is leadership training on your agenda?
Do you know someone who needs to re-charge their batteries with spiritually uplifting text study?
Wouldn't it be nice to network with others across the U.S. and Canada who do the same work you do?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then join us!

Don't miss the "live" tahara demo, halacha of intermarried burials, active listening, marketing traditional funerals and burials, infection control, history of the Jewish Sacred Society, autopsy and medical examiners, non-profit funeral homes, transgender issues, cemetery consecration, Maavor Yabbok text study, healing, cemetery finances, bereavement photography, genealogy, cemetery regulators and much more.    

Plus lots of networking, discussing, strategizing, sharing and supporting.

Click here to view the conference program.

We encourage every synagogue, Jewish cemetery, and Chevra Kadisha to send a team to the conference. There's a lot to learn and to bring home.

Logistics? All Kosher meals are provided. Chicago is a major airport hub. Hotel rates are very reasonable. Home hospitality is available upon request

Registration includes two full days of conference sessions with outstanding speakers, 6 plenary sessions and four workshop tracks - cemetery, chaplaincy, chevra kadisha and tahara. Registration includes 6 kosher meals and all the networking you can handle.

Registration is simple - just click here or go to our web site -

One step registration and payment by credit card

Registration and then send in a check for payment.

Hotel rooms are available at the Skokie Doubletree by Hilton for $99 per night.

For a limited time, JCANA is offering Jewish cemeteries the opportunity to join JCANA (initial year only) for the remainder of the calendar year at no charge. Cemetery representatives should include their intent to take advantage of this offer in the conference registration.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

Co-sponsored by Kavod v'Nichum and the Jewish Cemetery Association of North America (JCANA)

Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington