A Final Resting Place for Kehilla

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Chevra Kadisha | No Comments

by Cathy Steirn Kehilla’s Chevra Kadisha has begun looking at securing a Kehilla (and/or greater Bay Area Jewish) section at a local or nearby cemetery for our congregation. While there are several Jewish burial options (this includes burying cremains ashes) in our area, none has a specific Kehilla section and may have conditions which prove […]

Chevra Kadisha Sh’mira Readings Project

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Chevra Kadisha | No Comments

    Kehilla’s Chevra Kadisha is pleased to announce the completion of our “Sh’mira Readings Project.”  We now have two beautiful volumes that can be used by the shomrim (“watchers”) –those who sit with the body of a community member who has died until the time of burial. Traditionally, shomrim read Psalms during the sh’mira  (“watching”).  […]

Performing the Mitzvah of Shmira

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Chevra Kadisha | No Comments

by the Chevra Kadisha Shmira is the simple and ancient practice of sitting with a person who has died from time of death to burial or cremation.* This practice binds our community together, comforting families, reminding us ever of the preciousness of life. Please consider being on our list of volunteers. Two hours at a […]

Shmira: The Mitzvah of Being Present for the Dead

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Chevra Kadisha | No Comments

  by the Chevra Kadisha In order to honor the deceased, and to comfort the mourners, Jewish rituals and practices at the time of death have evolved. Kehilla’s Chevra Kadisha (“Holy Society”) engages in the traditional ritual of Tahara, preparing and purifying the physical body for burial. Our community organizes shiva minyans and provides condolence […]