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The Tifereth Israel Chevra Kadisha is a volunteer group of men and women that participate in the ritual preparation (Taharrah) of the body of a deceased member of our congregation. It consists primarily of bathing the body, then placing the burial garments on the body. Prayers are read while the Taharrah is being performed. Participation is one of the greatest mitzvahs that one can perform, as the departed cannot thank those that participate in this ritual. No medical knowledge is necessary, and one is part of a pool of people from which 5 individuals participate at a time. The time commitment is minimal. Men only participate in a Taharrah for a male, and women only in Taharrah for a female.
If you are interested in general information about Jewish Traditions regarding burial, a very brief summary in available here.
Article from JTA Website on Taharrah: The Ultimate Act of Kindness
Wondering why we do not practice cremation?
These are the protocols that the men and women's Chevra's follow.