Temple Beth Shalom maintains an active and loving Chevra K’vod Hamet (Society to Honor the Deceased) to meet the needs of families immediately following their loss. The Chevra K’vod Hamet is a volunteer group of men and women who perform the ancient Jewish ritual of preparing people for burial as an act of lovingkindness. The Chevra K’vod Hamet also serves as an umbrella over three areas: Shomrim (guardians for the body between death and the time of the funeral) , Chevra Kadisha (provides ritual washing and preparation of the body), and Hineinu (provides assistance to the family).
If you are a member of Temple Beth Shalom and have any questions or are interested in the Chevra K’vod Hamet, please contact at 512.837.9906 or at 512.340.0330.
In the face of death we are confronted by powerful emotions and questions. It is at this time when Judaism gives us important rituals of mourning to perform, rituals which convey a sense of control and dignity. There is comfort and security in the knowledge that centuries of tradition lie behind each of these practices. More information regarding funeral practices is available here.