Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston
Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston



The Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston


The Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston is an independent, non-denominational organization of individuals, synagogues Hebrew College and other Jewish Institutions committed to making the full range of burial rituals accessible and available to the entire Jewish Community.


Preparing for End of Life Issues


We are pleased to announce a unique course offered by Rabbi Rick Kline on "Preparing for End of Life Issues," starting Monday, October 19 at Hebrew College. Co-sponsored by the Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston and Hebrew College, the course focuses on preparing for the end of life and includes the study of an impressive selection of Jewish texts.


Rabbi Kline will utilize different modalities, such as small group study, meditation, discussions, didactic sessions and journaling, as participants explore the range of issues related to this life cycle event. 


Open to both clergy and lay people with all texts in both Hebrew and English. No prior background necessary. Rabbi Rick Kline, a graduate of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School, is currently a chaplain intern at Brigham and Women's Hospital, working with patients on end of life issues. 


We ask that you alert your community about this wonderful learning opportunity. Please include course information on your online postings and community newsletters.  If you have any questions, contact Rabbi Kline directly at or 617-987-7023.



Why Tahara? 


You are not alone. In the face of loss, Jewish tradition offers customs and rituals to guide you through a difficult time. Based in ancient wisdom and used for centuries, these practices are the heritage of all Jews, religious and secular alike.


The Jewish customs surrounding death are based upon two basic principles: respect for the dead and comfort for the bereaved.


Judaism teaches that between the time of death and burial, the person who has died should be treated with the utmost respect and dignity and prescribes a series of simple, beautiful rituals.


One of these, tahara, includes a ritual washing, dressing the deceased in white garments and placing him/her in a simple pine casket. Trained volunteers from the Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston perform the tahara with respect and tenderness. Women care for women, men for men and regard their service as a privilege as well as an act of loving kindness.


Your rabbi or funeral director at Brezniak - Rodman Funeral Chapel in West Newton  617.969.0800 can arrange for tahara by the Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston


Tahara: The Truest Act of Kindness  חסד של אמת Hesed Shel Emet

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Hal Miller-Jacobs


Community Hevra Kadisha

of Greater Boston

9 Piper Road

Lexington, MA 02421



The Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston (CHK) has been recognized as a tax exempt public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to CHK are deductible under section 170 of the Code


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