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VIDDUI/Visiting the Goses (Terminally ill, 24-72 hours prior to passing). Caring for grieving families (requires training), Levayah. First meal after levaya (funeral), organizing Shiva, Minyanim. End of shiva week check-in. Shloshim (30 days after passing). Yahrzeit (year anniversary after passing). First Yizkor (first anniversary of passing) check-in.
Ritual washing and dressing of the Met/ah. Training will be required in order to become familiar and fluent with the entire ritual, and to work as a team.  Training will include traditional methods of washing, pouring, dressing, and knot tying, as well as proper gloving, gowning, and personal protection. Optional: learning the communal prayers and niggunim (melodic chants).
Interested in more intensive training to lead the tahara team. Can be interchanged. It is necessary to be organized, on time, work well with others, patient, calm, and feel comfortable being the liturgical/ritual leadership. Must come to all taharah trainings. Knowledge of basic Halacha principles required. Must have experience as a taharah team member.
Rosh: Reader and liturgical leader. Holder of the wholeness/ keeper of the Kavanah (intention). Overall lead person in the room for all questions and to make final decisions. Consult outside support if needed. Must be able to read Hebrew prayers and blessings. Training available (if you feel you do not know Hebrew well enough) to learn the few necessary prayers. in reading the Hebrew prayers is available). Get Tahara supplies from storage, set up Tahara room. Take inventory. Report any supplies that need ordering and fill out Rosh Report to Chevra Kadisha administrator.
 
Interested in more intensive training to lead the tahara team. Can be interchanged. It is necessary to be organized, on time, work well with others, patient, calm, and feel comfortable being the liturgical/ritual leadership. Must come to all taharah trainings. Knowledge of basic Halacha principles required. 
Team Leader: Watch over technical aspects of Minhag (ritual procedure) and ensure the team is following requirements.Guide and teach people with less experience. 
Guarding of the body after coffining. Usually 2-4 hour shifts, sometimes in a mortuary. Requires reading of Tehilim/Psalms in any language, at ease being with the Met/ah. May work in pairs. 
Some topics to discuss/research will include: 
To support what needs do be done for a levaya (funeral: literally, accompaniment).
Green Burial options.
Boundary around Beit Shalom plots.
Burying the poor and indigent.
Final Kindness issues.
Burial plots and updating map.
Caring for the cemetery and Jewish graves.  What is being done and is there more to be done that we can do?
Autopsies. Transport of Met/ah off a cruise ship. Transport of Met/ah to Israel or other destinations for burial. Tahara before or not? Shmirah issues?
How to fund supplies and other needs. Keeping records of supplies.

 

Sat, July 20 2019 17 Tammuz 5779