NASCK (The National Association of Chevra Kadisha) was founded in 1996 to assist chevros kadisha in defining, establishing, and achieving the highest degree of kavod hameis (respect for the deceased), as defined by Jewish law.
NASCK’s mission has since expanded to include the creation and advancement of programs promoting traditional Jewish end-of-life values across the US and Canada.
This includes educating the unaffiliated about the importance of kevurah k’halachah and combating the painfully high rate of cremation, currently at 40% and rising, among Jews.
Today in the US and Canada, more than 55% of the general public is choosing cremation, with the rate approaching 80% in some states.
No official statistics are available for Jews, but our experience with Jewish after-life service providers across the US leads us to believe that the Jewish rate is close to 40%.
That means between 70-80 Jews are being cremated every day.
NASCK is the only organization dedicated to confronting the rising rates of cremation at the national level.
Our most recent newsletter gives an update on some of our initiatives:
Rabbi Eytan Feiner
Rabbi Yehuda Kelemer
Rabbi Herschel Schachter
Rabbi Peretz Steinberg
Rabbi Herschel Welcher
Rabbi Elchonon Zohn
Richmond Hill, New York
Dr. Philip Abramowitz, Z"L
First Vice President
Brooklyn, New York
Rabbi Kalman Baumann
West Hempstead, New York