Chevra Kadisha


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Chevra Kadisha

(xɛvˈrɑ kɑdɪˈʃɑ; Yiddish ˈxɛvrə kɑˈdɪʃə)
n
(Judaism) a Jewish burial society, usually composed of unpaid volunteers who provide funerals for members of their congregation
[literally: Holy Company]
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A chevra kadisha, a volunteer group to cleanse the bodies of the dead, was organized in 1910 when the first burial took place.
There has been no progress on the restitution of the Chevra Kadisha building in Zagreb previously owned by the Jewish community.
36) In December 1918 the Chevra Kadisha secured a site for the memorial, but in consultation with the three metropolitan congregations, plans were held in abeyance until after the peace was formally declared.
This is certainly true of the term Chevra Kadisha in "When I Die" ("In My Life, on My Life," #13).
The Chevra Kadisha, the "holy society" of those who take on the task, enters the room - men to prepare a man, women for a woman - and, addressing the body by its Hebrew name, asks its pardon for any indignity they may visit on it as they work.
Community members and customers of his Chevra Kadisha mortuary told the court of his generous and caring ways, especially during times of grief.
In the Chevra Kadisha world, his book The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning is practically mandatory reading.
That afternoon, in the presence of a few people from the home, a distant relative, myself, and the Chevra Kadisha, Yetta was buried.
Zalman Manela, the Orthodox Jewish director of the Chevra Kadisha Mortuary, and Cabrina Cabellero were each charged with 11 counts of grand theft and forgery.
Robbins said vandalism is far more common in the Hebrew Cemetery than in the larger Chevra Kadisha Cemetery, also known as Holy Society Cemetery, on the Auburn-Worcester-Leicester line.
Chapman was lowered into the earth at Chevra Kadisha Cemetery.
He was a Past President of Shaarai Torah Synagogue West, Treasurer of Worcester Chevra Kadisha for many years, a life member of the Jewish Healthcare Center and was a member of the Jewish Service Center for Older Adults.