HISTORY OF CEMETERY DAY
Four years ago, the Beth Shalom Chevra Kadisha began a series of programs about the end of life. This was the birth of Cemetery Day (CD).
The Chevra Kadisha is a group of Beth Shalom congregants who do the holy work of preparing the body of a deceased congregant for burial in a ritual manner. We have both young and older members.There were a number of reasons for the creation of CD. The first was to honor our deceased members by carefully cleaning their gravestones and reciting the Kaddish after having read aloud all the names of those Jews buried at Valhalla Cemetery.
Secondly, we wanted to have a yearly community gathering at the cemetery as a way of helping congregants become more comfortable with the reality of death.
Third, by having CD in September, we created an opportunity to reflect on our mortality and thus help us in preparing for the High Holy Days when the Book of Life is opened and closed.
We gather at the end of each CD for a little programming. At our first CM we looked at the history of our cemetery area. This year's topic will be the role of forgiveness in preparation for the end of life.
Please join us for cemetery programs on Sunday, September 15th. For more information click here or contact Jordan Shifriss.
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