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

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

Spiritual Aspects
Funeral Homes
Funeral Contracts


Chevra Kadisha:
Articles about Chevra Kadisha

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


Organ Donation


Infection Control


Next Conference
Previous Conferences


Learning & Resources:
Gamliel Institute

KNIT Resource Center
    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

The Gamliel Institute

The Gamliel Institute educates and trains leaders to create a holistic end-of-life care continuum for their local communities. Our goal is to deepen future leaders' Jewish knowledge and to help them experience the emotional, transformative, and spiritual aspects of Chevra Kadisha work. We strive to instill in them a driving passion to recapture the mitzvah of Chevra Kadisha. Our five, twelve week on-line courses present a groundbreaking opportunity for study and learning. 

Review detailed descriptions of Gamliel Institute courses. Registration is open for our five Chevra Kadisha courses. For more information, contact any of the Gamliel Institute Staff.

Israel American Conference

In Jerusalem Israel Tuesday May 5, 2015 the first Israel American Kavod v'Nichum Conference.  More information.



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Journey with us as we explore the practical and spiritual aspects of Jewish funeral, burial, and mourning traditions. "B'yado afkid ruchi, b'eit ishan v'a-irah. V'im ruchi g'viyati, Adonai li v'lo ira".  My soul I give to You, my spirit in Your care.  Draw me near I shall not fear, hold me safely in Your hand.

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

Do You Have Questions? We Have Answers!

Dealing with a death and don't know what to do?

Are you a Chevra member and need specific answers?

Maybe you're a student researching Jewish death and dying practices.

Check out the "My Question is About..." menu at the top of this page, where many common
questions are answered.  Or click our Topic Index tab at the top center of this page to see an
ordered index of Jewish death-related topics. 

To connect by email or telephone with an expert in Jewish death and mourning traditions click here.

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Kavod v'Nichum has been named one of North America's top 50 innovative Jewish organizations in the ninth annual Slingshot Guide. Read more.

Kavod v'Nichum's Gamliel Institute Awarded Grant from The Covenant Foundation.