Kavod v’Nichum empowers, educates, and trains Chevra Kadisha – sacred communities that come together at the end of life to care for the deceased and comfort the living through Jewish rituals and traditions.
Tradition Meets Innovation
We start from ancient Jewish text and traditions while building relevant connections and understanding for all Jews around Jewish end-of-life traditions.
Through partnerships with organizations and communities we are building a movement committed to transforming Jewish end of life.
Inclusion and Diversity
We welcome all people regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic background, and economic status.
We lead with honor and respect for people, tradition, and infuse kavod in every aspect of our work
Nechamah: Comfort & Support
The end-of-life space is difficult for many; We welcome community with care and support.
B’tzelem Elohim: In God’s image
We are holy people created in the image of the divine; all are welcome and wanted.
Hiddur Mitzvah: Beautification of the Mitzvah
We elevate the beauty of Jewish end-of-life traditions through learning, adaptation to our modern world, and making accessible what is often hidden.
Community support is foundational in Jewish end-of-life rituals and practices; we are expansive in our understanding of community and encourage all to consider themselves a part of ours.
What’s in a name: Kavod v’Nichum
Kavod v’Nichum, כבוד וניחום, is Hebrew for “honor and comfort”.
We embrace the mitzvot of kavod hamet, honoring the body which held the neshama, soul, of a person who died; and nichum aveilim, comforting the mourners and the community of the living after a death.