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The Ultimate Kindness: Chevra Kadisha of Oak Park Temple and West Suburban Temple

Are you facing death in your family?

“The highest act of gemilut chesed (lovingkindness) is that which is done for the dead, for there can never be any thought of repayment.”
– Tanhuma Vayehi 107A

When a death occurs in our community and the family requests, a small group of trained volunteers from the Chevra Kadisha will come to the funeral home to perform the tahara ritual. 

The tahara ritual includes:
Gentle washing of the deceased
Dressing the deceased for burial

To request tahara:
Any member of Oak Park Temple or West Suburban Temple need only ask the clergy or the funeral director to contact the Chevra Kadisha.

Details associated with any specific tahara—including the name of the deceased—are kept in the strictest confidence.

The leaders and members of the West Suburban Chevra Kadisha are happy to discuss our mission and work.

To learn more or to volunteer, please contact Cantor Julie Yugend-Green at 708 574-3649 or at

Tue, June 25 2024 19 Sivan 5784