Chevra Kadisha – Traditional Jewish Burial Practices
Should you want to request that traditional burial rituals be followed for your loved one, CBI is fortunate to have a Chevra Kadisha (meaning “holy society”) consisting of dedicated member-volunteers trained to perform taharah (ritual purification before burial). Chevra Kadisha members also serve as shomrim (guards) for families in our community who choose to follow this traditional practice.
Several Austin congregations, including Congregation Beth Israel, have come together to form Austin Shmirah, a Jewish community-wide group to coordinate Shomrim to meet the entire community’s needs. If you would like to become a member of Austin Shmira or you are interested in learning more about shmira and participating in this final mitzvah for someone, please contact Theressa Lyons-Clampitt. She will be happy to speak with you regarding opportunities to get involved in this sacred work. Or you can fill out this form and submit it directly to Austin Shmira.
Furthermore, our rabbis can arrange for shiva minyanim (services in your home following burial) should you choose (even if your loved one is buried out of town). Please contact the Clergy Office for assistance.
Finally, an additional benefit of membership is that CBI members can purchase burial plots at CBI’s Cemeteries at a substantially-reduced rate. Please click here for additional information about CBI’s three Cemeteries.