The Virtual Shmirah Library contains digital files that shomrim can use as they perform shmirah, as well as a variety of additional materials to help deepen our understanding of end-of-life topics, both Jewish and general. Click here to learn about the ritual of shmirah. 

Getting Started

IKAR Guidelines for Shemirah, information intended to help shomrim understand what to do.

Gail Tosto’s article about What Shmirah Means to Shomrim helps newcomers understand what this work feels like.

Shomrim Handbook Outline by Susan Barnes gives local leaders guidance on how to create a shmirah handbook for local volunteers.



For Further Exploration