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Jewish Death Practices:
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2006 - Save the Date


Save the Date - June 11-13, 2006

Portland Oregon ..."The Rose City"


North American Jewish Cemetery and Chevra Kadisha Conference

Sponsored by Kavod v'Nichum & Congregation Neveh Shalom of Portland, OR


With support from ...

Oregon Jewish Community Foundation & Jewish Federation of Greater Portland


Plan to take part in the first ever Jewish Cemetery Conference in North America combined with the 4th annual North American Chevra Kadisha conference. This is a unique opportunity, for those involved with Jewish cemeteries as staff or lay leaders, to interact, network and study with Chevra Kadisha activists. The first three Chevra Kadisha Conferences were intense - combinations of the practical, the emotional, and the spiritual. This conference promises to continue the learning and the energy.


Conference Highlights


  • § Explore Jewish Cemetery Issues, such as (but of course not limited to):

Cemetery ownership and management
Starting a new cemetery and purchasing an existing cemetery

Zoning, financing, layout and consecration

Cemetery and section rules - setting them, changing them and enforcing them

Contracts, finances and governance
Disinterment - fixing mistakes and burial in Israel
Burial of cremated remains
Burials of interfaith families
Green burial

Book burial

Cemetery practices around liners, caskets, hand lowering, filling the grave
Logistics of funerals and burials

Perpetual care, monument care and their funds
Genealogy, digitizing monument pictures, computerizing burial records
Working with bereaved families

Disaster Management

Abandonment and communal responsibility


  • § Organizing and developing a Chevra Kadisha
  • § Hands-on tahara training demonstrations - for beginners and advanced
  • § Synagogue and communal organizing resources and techniques
  • § Education and training
  • § Text study
  • § Historical analysis
  • § Networking and informal sharing


Maybe you've heard that the city of Portland, Oregon has been proclaimed as North America's "Best Big City," according to Money magazine. One visit will explain why. Come get a first-hand look at our unmatched natural beauty, our bustling local scene, our sumptuous dining and welcoming accommodations -- all effortlessly accessed thanks to our justly-famous light-rail system. Though it's not easy being green, it's exactly why so many visitors flock here, year-round. See for more Portland information.

For more conference information, please contact Michelle Caplan at Congregation Neveh Shalom 503- 246-8831 x114, or David Zinner at Kavod v'Nichum - 410-733-3700, or go to