Mission Statement

Rabbinic Board

Officers

Staff

Mission Statement

The National Association of Chevra Kadisha, NASCK, founded in 1996 as Association of Chevros Kadisha, inc., was created in order to form a united and cohesive group of Jewish Burial Societies in the United States and Canada, dedicated to traditional Jewish burial practices. It acts as an umbrella organization to assist affiliated groups in defining, establishing, and achieving the highest degree of Kovod Hames as defined by Jewish law.

The activities of NASCK include:

  • Registry of Chevra Kadisha Creating a registry of Chevros Kadisha, in the US and Canada in order to assist Chevros Kadisha, the clergy and the community to locate, communicate and work with other Chevros Kadisha, both pre-need and at-need.
  • Education and Outreach to the Community-at-Large Explaining the work of the Chevra Kadisha and the importance, meaning and beauty of traditional Jewish burial practices such as in-ground burial, Tahara, Tachrichim, etc.
  • Chevra Kadisha Training, Seminars & Conferences Training individuals in the laws and hands-on techniques and procedures of Chevra Kadisha involvement in the hospital, funeral home, house of Shiva, etc. Local & regional conferences providing inspirational lectures, workshops and informational programming utilizing many media forms.
  • Website, Newsletter, Educational Material Maintaining an active webpage and publishing a newsletter, pamphlets, and other material discussing issues of Jewish law, current practices, and all matters relating to burial in Halacha. Serving as a resource to clergy, Chevros Kadisha, funeral homes, cemeteries, all health-related agencies providing end-of-life services, and the community-at-large by providing support and education, facilitating networking, and sharing information and experience.
  • Establishing New Chevros Kadisha Helping in the establishment and development of new Chevros Kadisha in congregational and communal settings. Assisting in setting standards and recommended practices.
  • Halachic Hotline Creating and maintaining a Halachic hotline for the purpose of answering questions from clergy or Chevra Kadisha members that arise prior to or during the Tahara process.
  • Tracking, Developing & Assessing Legal Issues Developing and supporting legislative initiatives that assist the work and goals of traditional Jewish burial practices and maintaining a watch for any legislative initiatives that could be hurtful to such goals.
  • Creation & Development of Programs Creating specific innovative programs geared to reducing the incidence of cremation, assisting in the burial of the indigent, and generally guiding Jewish people to traditional burial choices. Utilizing the NASCK network to see these programs advanced, taught, adopted and supported nationally.
  • Burying the Indigent (Mes Mitzvah) Developing a North American network for addressing Jewish people who are indigent and/or without family to make sure they are buried quickly and in accordance with Jewish law.
  • Grief & Bereavement Helping the clergy and Chevra Kadisha members deal with their own emotions and the counseling of others with whom they interact. Utilizing the time of grief and bereavement to introduce and teach Jews the basic tenets of our faith.
     

Rabbinic Board

  • Rabbi Tzvi Flaum
  • Rabbi Yehuda Kelemer
  • Rabbi Herschel Shechter
  • Rabbi Peretz Steinberg
  • Rabbi Dovid Weinberger
  • Rabbi Herschel Welcher
     

Officers

  • PRESIDENT:                     Rabbi Elchonon Zohn - Richmond Hill, New York
  • FIRST VICE PRESIDENT:  Dr. Philip Abramowitz - Brooklyn, New York
  • VICE PRESIDENT:            Rabbi Kalman Baumann - Miami, Florida
  • TREASURER:                   Richard Miller - West Hempstead, New York
  • SECRETARY:                   Tovah Kirschner - Cincinnati, Ohio


Staff

  • Rabbi Elchonon Zohn - Founder and Director
  • Rabbi Avi Kartiginer
  • Rabbi Benjy Kessler
  • Rabbi Mayer Waxman
 

NASCK - National Association of Chevra Kadisha -  (718) 849-9700