Judaism calls for a natural preparation for burial. Traditionally,
there is a ritual washing of the body which is accompanied
by prayers and is governed by kovod ha met, respect
for the body. The deceased is then dressed in white linen
and finally gently lowered into the casket, wrapped in a
linen sheet, and the casket is closed.
Tahara is performed by The Jewish Burial Society, Chevre
Kadisha. Members honored to serve on the chevre kadisha
are community volunteers specially trained to perform a
tahara. Working in teams, these men or women, depending
on the gender of the deceased, are always on call: when
a person dies, the funeral home can be asked to contact
BAJC to request a
tahara service, funeral service leadership, and/or cemetery information. The Chevre will also arrange for people to sit shomer, guarding the body until burial.
Ker Westerlund Funeral Home maintains tahara supplies for
Tahara is not required for burial at our cemetery at the Morningside
Families do not have to be active BAJC members to request
a tahara service.
Please direct questions or request a tahar information sheet by
BAJC on Tahara, Chevre Kadisha, and Sh'mira
Tahara related links on the web: