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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. Members of Chevra 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, E-mail Samy or 202-438-5050.


A long-time community leader of acknowledged wisdom and compassion, Samy has long experience in assisting member families in this time of bereavement. 

MDSC has contracted with a local funeral home for a simple, halachic funeral at a pre-determined cost. It is suggested that you contact Samy to enlist his aid in contacting this funeral home -- or another of your choice -- and making needed arrangements.

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.

Thu, June 13 2024 7 Sivan 5784