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.


National Conference Held in Boston


Kavod v’Nichum, the National Jewish Funeral, Burial & Mourning Organization selected Boston for its 14th annual North American Chevra Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference.  It was held on June 5-7, 2016 at Temple Emunah, Lexington, MA

This year’s conference focused on five topics – Tahara, Community Involvement, Text Study, Community Education, and Tahara Complications.


The Plenary sessions featured: 

  • Anita Diamant, noted author and author of the recently updated ‘Saying Kaddish – How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead, and Mourn as a Jew.
  • Rabbi Nehemia Polen, Ph.D., is Professor of Jewish Thought at Hebrew College in Boston. He  is an expert in Hasidism and Jewish thought, will be speaking on issues that arise out of Tahara, examining Vayikra's take on purity, with Hassidic texts and teachings.
  • Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow, Director of Director of Religious and Chaplaincy Services at Hebrew Senior Life in Boston. She'll be speaking about Hassidic Approaches to Death based on her new book co-authored with Rabbi Joel Baron entitled, "Deathbed Wisdom of the Hassidic Masters: The Book of Departure and Caring for People at end of Life."





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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