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  • Israel to cover burial costs of Paris victims in Jerusalem

    January 14, 2015 | 10:21 am

    Israel’s Ministry of Religious Services said it will cover the costs of the burial and funeral for the Paris kosher supermarket victims.

    The announcement late Tuesday night followed reports that the families had been asked to pay some $13,000 for the plots and funeral.

    Israeli...

  • Attention Forward: We Aren’t That Radical

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 19, 2013 | 7:59 am

    It has been said that most of us believe newspaper reporting to be generally accurate, until we read an article on a subject with which we are intimately familiar. It is then that we see the inaccuracies and distortions of a story clearly. Such was my experience with a recent...

  • What do Blu Greenberg, Joy Ladin and Leonard Fein have in common?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 12, 2013 | 5:00 pm

    Ok, so they’re all Jewish. But beyond that, all three spoke to a completely rapt audience on Monday at the 11th annual North American Chevra Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference in Philadelphia. It’s unusual, at any conference, for a speaker to completely capture the attention of...

  • Chevra Kadisha conference highlights Jewish way of honoring the dead

    By Ryan Torok

    July 11, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    “This is a universal thing that everybody goes through,” Rabbi Stan Levy emphasized during the 10th North American Chevra Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference, a three-day event last month at American Jewish University. Appearing as a guest speaker at the annual conference,...

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  • Afraid of Death? Join a Chevra Kadisha

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 5, 2012 | 7:00 am

    A few short years ago I was afraid of death. It’s not that I was afraid I was going to die any time soon; it’s just that I was afraid of anything having to do with death. I avoided people who’d had a death in their family. I didn’t know what to say. It wasn’t something I...

  • The Holy Society -by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    March 9, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    “Hyim we will need your help tonight with a tahara,” said my father.

    “But I have never done one,” I replied.

    “There are only two of us available, and I hear the man was heavy, bloated, so we will need you.”

    A tahara (literally “purification”) is the Jewish process of...

  • Jewish burial society live-streams funerals

    September 15, 2011 | 11:13 am

    A Jewish burial society in Australia is believed to be the first in the world to offer live web streaming of funerals over the Internet.

    The Melbourne Chevra Kadisha has installed a camera at the prayer houses of the two main cemeteries in Melbourne, according to a report in the...

  • Trendy, traditional and taboo:
    An incomplete guide to Jewish funerals and burial

    By Jane Ulman

    August 7, 2008 | 1:37 am

    When Eileen Isenberg thinks about her own funeral, she has a very clear picture in her mind.

    "First I want 20 minutes of sad," she said, to allow people to remember her, with the second movement of Mozart's 21st Piano Concerto playing in the background.

    "Then I want people to...

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