Currently, we have community volunteers who serve on tahara teams (those who wash and dress the deceased and place the body in a casket). Additional volunteers are always welcome. Training is provided.
The Chevra Kadisha, the local Jewish burial society, provides preparation of the dead for traditional Jewish burial, education about Jewish death and mourning practices, and respectful, low-cost burial for the indigent. All work is performed by volunteers who give their time anonymously as a chesed shel emet, an act of true loving-kindness, to the bereaved family and to the Jewish community.
Costs of materials, such as the traditional shroud, are covered by contributions from families served and supported by the Jewish Federation of San Antonio's Annual Campaign.
In keeping with the wide range of ritual observance in our community, we offer the bereaved family the option to prepare the body for Jewish burial.
Please contact Rabbi Scheinberg of Congregation Rodfei Sholom for more information