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Performing the Mitzvah of Shmira

candle-90x90by 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 time, maybe once or twice a year, will inspire and renew your spirit and serve our community. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Shoshana Halle at

The Chevra Kadisha has created a beautiful selection of readings in English especially for the Kehilla community. We are developing a collection of the psalms, as well.

*The body of the person who has died will be in a casket or in another room.


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