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Chevra Kadisha

Let all who work for the community do so from a spiritual motive, for the merit of their ancestors will sustain them and their righteousness will endure.” –      Rabban Gamliel, Pirkei Avot 2:2

At the end of life, Judaism guards and protests the dignity of the deceased with the prayerful ritual of taharah (preparing the body for burial). Taharah is considered the highest form of mitzvah because the beneficiary cannot express thanks or reciprocate. Those who perform this act of chesed shel emet (true loving kindness) are the Chevra Kadisha. At Magen David, members of Chevra Kadisha are observant men and women who have been carefully trained in this practice.

To receive the pre-burial ritual of taharah is the right and privilege of every Jew. Arrangements can be made through a funeral home, or you may contact the Chevra Kadisha Coordinator for MDSC, Samy Ymar, at or 202-438-5050.


Samy is prepared to assist each member family in this time of need. If a member of the community passes away on Shabbat or a Jewish holiday, please contact Samy immediately following the conclusion of Shabbat or the holiday.

Please note, MDSC has contracted with a local funeral home for a simple, halachic Jewish funeral at a pre-determined cost. It is suggested you contact Samy before contacting a funeral home to make arrangements.

Wed, January 19 2022 17 Shevat 5782