Mission Statement

The National Association of Chevra Kadisha (NASCK) founded in 1996, was created to assist affiliated Chevros Kadisha in defining, establishing, and achieving the highest degree of Kovod Hames (Respect for the Deceased) as defined by Jewish law. NASCK also creates and advances programs and initiatives to promote traditional Jewish end-of-life values.

Activities


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. Chevra Kadisha Directory 
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. Resources  
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. CHECK Webinars  
Maintaining an active webpage and publishing a newsletter, pamphlets, and other material that discuss Jewish laws, 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. Providing support and education, facilitating networking, and sharing information and experience.
Helping in the establishment and development of new Chevros Kadisha in congregational and communal settings. Assisting in setting standards and recommended practices.
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. Ask the Rabbi  
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.
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.
Developing a North American network for addressing Jewish people who are indigent and/or without family. Making sure that the indigent are buried quickly and in accordance with Jewish law.
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

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    Rabbi Eytan Feiner

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    Rabbi Yehuda Kelemer

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    Rabbi Herschel Schachter

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    Rabbi Peretz Steinberg

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    Rabbi Herschel Welcher


Officers

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    Rabbi Elchonon Zohn

    President
    Richmond Hill, New York

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    Dr. Philip Abramowitz

    First Vice President
    Brooklyn, New York

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    Rabbi Kalman Baumann

    Vice President
    Miami, Florida

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    Richard Miller

    Treasurer
    West Hempstead, New York

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    Tovah Kirschner

    Secretary
    Cincinnati, Ohio