Chevra Kadisha

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The Chevra Kadisha recognizes that at the time of death the family is under tremendous emotional stress and may find themselves unprepared to handle the detailed arrangements of a funeral and burial. The Chevra Kadisha can arrange every detail of the funeral, burial, and shiva, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Immediate transfer of the deceased within the area to the funeral chapel.
  • Shmira – Watching over the Guf (Body) from the time of death until the Levayah.
  • Tahara – The ritual purification of the body and proper dressing of the Meis.
  • The services of our own Rabbi Zuckerman
  • The availability of cemetery plot purchase at Beth Jacob cemetery in Kitchener.
  • Set up of the home for Shiva – Including the covering of mirrors, delivery of Shiva Chairs, arrangement for the Suedas Havraah (Meal of consolation) as well as daily Minyanim.

Opportunity for Chessed

Our community has recently taken on the responsibility to fulfill the mitzvah of Kavod HaMayt (respect of the deceased), for the women of our community, within the Kitchener-Waterloo area. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the women who have taken upon themselves this mitzvah in order for the deceased, the deceased's family, and our entire community to fulfill our Torah bound obligation.

From the time of death until the time of burial; it is opportune for individual's to sit with and say Tehillim (Hebrew or English) on behalf of the departed. This act is called Shomer- to guard, the observance is a mitzvah that cannot be reciprocated by the departed and provides elevation in Olam Habbah (the world to come) for both the deceased and the entire community.

At this time I would like to open the opportunity to extend to each of you a position of inclusion in this mitzvah. This role includes standing guard and reciting Tehillim during this auspicious time; to assist our deceased on their final journey in this world.

To be included in this portion of the communal mitzvah, please contact me via e-mail: Please include your name, two phone contact numbers, and the best hours day/night that you may be available to participate. 

Rebbitzen Tamara Zuckerman 


Mon, August 21 2017 29 Av 5777