chevra kedisha


chevra kadisha (CHEV-ruh kuh-DEESH-uh) listen


  • n. 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." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Aramaic


  • חברה קדישא

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

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

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