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Jewish Death Practices:
Overview / Summary
Origins and History
Visiting the Sick or Dying 
Chaplaincy
Hospice

Phases of Death Observance
    Approaching the Time of Death
    Between Death and Burial
    Shemira
    Tahara
    Burial and Cremation 
    Mourning Practices

Spiritual Aspects
Funeral Homes
Funeral Contracts
Cemeteries
Embalming 

Caskets


Chevra Kadisha:
Articles about Chevra Kadisha

Tahara Manuals and Procedures
Tahara Training
Tahara Stories
Tahara Supplies Lists
Funeral Home Supplies

Suicide

Organ Donation

Disasters

Infection Control

 

Conferences
Next Conference
Previous Conferences

 

Learning & Resources:
Gamliel Institute
    Curriculum
    Registration


KNIT Resource Center
    Overview
    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

About Kavod v'Nichum

Kavod v'Nichum (Honor and Comfort) encourages and assists the organization of bereavement committees and Chevra Kadisha groups in synagogues and communities so that they can perform Jewish funeral, burial, and mourning mitzvot; protect and shield bereaved families from exploitation; and provide information, education and technical assistance.

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Kavod v’Nichum began its work on November 6, 2000. We take our name from the basic purposes of the Chevra Kadisha. Our mission is to restore to Jewish death and bereavement practice, the traditions and values of honoring the dead (kavod hamet) and comforting the bereaved (nichum avelim). We encourage communities and synagogues to take control of funerals and burials in accordance with their own Jewish orientation. Funeral homes should be subject to their direction. Kavod v'Nichum will help bring the rituals of death into the synagogue community. We want to educate the entire Jewish community in the power of the mitzvot of honoring the dead, comforting the bereaved, and protecting and shielding bereaved families from exploitation.

Throughout the United States and Canada, in rural and urban areas, large synagogues and small, are heeding the call to full participation in Jewish funeral practices and return of control to the community. A modern Chevra Kadisha may provide pre-need education and negotiate funeral and burial agreements. In some larger congregations, 50-75 people may participate as chaverim who work directly with the bereaved and mediate between them and the funeral and burial providers, or perform the washing (tahara) ritual, or guard the body until it is buried (shmira), or provide a meal of condolence, or set up and lead shiva, or stay in touch with the bereaved for some period after death. In a few years, they serve scores or hundreds of their fellow Jews, who don't forget.  This promotes the longevity of Jewish death practices, comforts many families, help heal communities, and promotes the honor and dignity of the deceased.

We encourage and assist the organization of bereavement committees and Chevra Kadisha groups in synagogues and communities so that they can perform these mitzvot; protect and shield bereaved families from exploitation; and provide education and assistance to congregants. We provide information, education and technical assistance that helps bring these important life cycle events back into the synagogue.

Kavod v'Nichum sponsors an annual international conference whose focus is on Chevra Kadisha, Jewish cemeteries, and all aspects of Jewish death practices.  We are also sponsors of the Gamliel Institute, a world-class institute of higher learning dedicated to education related to Jewish death, dying, burial, and mourning.

Kavod v'Nichum is a Maryland non-stock corporation with Articles of Incorporation  filed with the State of Maryland on 4-01-2002 and Exemption from Federal Income Tax under section 501 (a) as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) was granted with a 4/1/2002 beginning advance ruling period and a 12-31-2006 ending advance ruling period. Classification as a public charity was recognized on 12-28-2007. 

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Origins of Jewish Death Practice - Why Kavod v'Nichum Was Started

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