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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The Cemetery of the General Hevra Kaddisha [burial society] was founded by the "Mitnagdim" stream of orthodox Judaism.
The fourth cemetery, also founded by the General Hevra Kaddisha, was active between 1939 and 1948, and contains the graves of prominent Jewish figures from the period of the British mandate, including Pinhas Rutenberg, Yehiam Weitz, and S.Y Agnon.
Goldberg argues for the key roles of new mortuary literature and the Hevra Kaddisha, or burial society, which emerged as Prague's first Jewish philanthropic organization in 1564, spread to Frankfurt (1597), and on to all great European communities.
Goldberg further argues that the Hevra Kaddisha drew on traditions of Germanic guilds and exiled Spanish Jewry.
It is now customary for the members of a burial society (Hevra Kaddisha) to fast on this day, followed by a se'udah (ritual meal) in the evening.
(2) On the website of the Vienna Jewish community, the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde, the Chewra Kadischa defines its function as follows: "The Hevra Kaddisha takes care of, among other things, erecting missing gravestones on the tombs of deceased persons without descendants.