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  • 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,...

  • 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...

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  • 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...