chevra kedisha

Alternative Spellings

chevra kedishah, chevrah kedishah, khevre kedishe, chevrah kadishah, chevra kadisha, hevrah kadishah, hevra kadisha

Definitions

  • burial society - volunteers who sit with the dead and prepare their bodies for burial

Example Sentences

  • "The National Association of Chevra Kadisha is a resource for Chevros Kadisha, Rabbonim, and the general public on all issues relating to Jewish Burial." (http://www.nasck.org/index.htm)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Aramaic

Etymology

חברה קדישא

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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