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Chevra Kadisha Training Temple Beth El, Aptos, CA

Sunday, May 19, 2024 11 Iyyar 5784

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Chevra Kadisha Training: Introduction to Tahara and Shmira Sunday, May 19, 10 am-3 pm Temple Beth El, 3055 Rodeo Gulch Road, Aptos, CA   The Chevra Kadisha is a centuries-old Jewish ritual, often called ‘Burial Society,” but better translated as the ‘Sacred Society’ or better yet, ‘Holy Friends.’ In a congregational setting, the mitzvah of guarding (Shmira) and ceremonially preparing our own deceased for burial (Taharah) brings the reality of life’s fragility into sharp focus. Far from depressing, it can awaken us to the exquisite preciousness of life. Members of the Temple Beth El Chevra Kadisha in Aptos are offering this introduction to the central practices for those wishing to learn the tradition and to build a Chevra Kadisha here in Monterey County, strengthening our resources in the north and south as one collective community in the Monterey Bay. Those with medical backgrounds are especially encouraged to consider attending. This event is jointly sponsored with Chadeish Yameinu, the Jewish Renewal Community of Santa Cruz. Reservations are required; for more information, please email chevrakadishasantacruz@gmail.com and cantoralisa@carmelbethisrael.org Those willing to carpool, please contact Donna in the office at 831-624-2015 or donna@carmelbethisrael.org .

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