Please Note: The Sydney Chevra Kadisha do not sell burial plots. All burial plots need to be purchased via the cemetery of your choice (see the Cemeteries menu item above for contact details).
Pre-purchasing a burial plot is a way for you to make important decisions and arrangements yourself, saving your family the emotional burden.
All purchases are transacted via the cemetery. Please contact the cemetery directly to enquire about a burial plot.
Once a decision is made to purchase a burial plot within a Jewish consecrated grounds, the cemetery will contact the Sydney Chevra Kadisha to approve the purchase.
In order to approve the purchase, the Sydney Chevra Kadisha will need to verify whether the person purchasing the plot is Jewish. To assist the Sydney Chevra Kadisha with the approval process, please complete the two forms below, and return them back to the Sydney Chevra Kadisha;
1) Confirmation of Being Jewish Form
(Form For Approval to Purchase a Plot Within a Jewish Consecrated Ground)
2) Information Reservation Form
(Form Required for Purchasing or Reserving a Plot) (PDF version)
The Sydney Chevra Kadisha will then liaise with you and the cemetery.
Cemetery Plot Charges – Guide for Cemeteries Burial Plot Charges
What to do in case of a death?
- Call the doctor of the deceased to organise a Medical Cause of Death Certificate.
- If the deceased passed away in a nursing home and a doctor is not available to issue the Medical Cause of Death Certificate, a Registered Nurse can issue a Life Extinction Form. This will allow the Chevra Kadisha to transfer the deceased to their premises, however, a doctor’s Medical Cause of Death Certificate will still be required to be arranged before the burial can take place.
- In the case of a death requiring the Coroner (i.e. sudden death, death after/during an operation or if a doctor is unavailable) please print out and sign the Objection to Post-Mortem form found below and Email or FAX to the NSW coroner or give the form to the Police.
Objection to Post-Mortem form
- When the Medical Cause of Death Certificate is ready please call and notify the Sydney Chevra Kadisha immediately on 9363-2248 – 24 hours a day 7 days of the week .
- If it is a shabbat or high holiday, please follow the answering machine prompts. You will be redirect to a non Jewish Funeral Home working on the Chevra Kadisha’s behalf, who will organise the transportation of the deceased to the Chevra Kadisha premises. At the Chevra Kadisha premises there is a Shomer (watchman) organised. The Chevra Kadisha will contact you at the end of Shabbat or High Holiday to make the funeral arrangements.
- At the funeral arrangement meeting you will be asked various questions. In order to ensure the meeting is productive please complete the Funeral Plan Form to the best of your ability (or print and complete the PDF version of the form) and bring it to the meeting.
For Hospitals and Nursing Homes
This guide has been developed in order to assist hospitals and nursing homes with terminal or deceased patients of the Jewish Faith. Click on the link below.
Hospital and Nursing Home Guide – For Patients of the Jewish Faith
Since the very beginning of the Jewish people thousands of years ago, although many options were available, Jews have always insisted on burial.
Jewish law (“Halachah”) is unequivocal that the dead must be buried in the earth.
Clink on the links below to access the resources outlining the need for a Jewish Burial.
Why Bury (by Doron Kornbluth)
Burial versus cremation (by Rabbi David Freedman)
Burial, cremation and the environment (by Doron Kornbluth)
Misconceptions about Cremation (by Doron Kornbluth)
End Cremations (Video by the NASCK)
Binstock and Sons
Tel: 9746 7696
A/h Tel: 9387 6081 – mobile: 0418 643 452
mobile: 0420745976 (David Brook)
ph: 9878 1714
ph: 9649 3001
H Johnson & Co
ph: 9666 9007
Please call the Chevra Kadisha for a list of other Stone Masons.
||First stage of mourning – the period between the death and the funeral
|Chessed shel emet
||a true act of kindness (literally, truth) – a particularly special mitzvah
||holy brotherhood society
||Cohens, the priestly class
|(K)El Maleh Rachamim
||a dying person in his/her final moments
|Kaddish, Mourners’ Kaddish
||special prayer repeated by mourners
||ritual tearing of clothes to show a sign of morning and loss of loved one
||lit, accompanying the deceased – refers to the funeral
|Matzevah, hakamat matzevah
||lit, the raising of the headstone – refers to the consecration
||group of 10 Jewish men (over 13 years old) necessary to conduct a prayer service
||mourner during the aninut period
||the saving of a life
||1st stage of mourning, which lasts seven days
||2nd stage of mourning from end of shiva to the morning of 30th day following the burial
||Watching over the body, from the time of death until the burial
||watcher/s who ensure the deceased is never left alone
||plain white shrouds used to dress the deceased
||ritual cleansing of the body, performed by the Chevra Kadisha
||men’s prayer shawl
||charity and righteousness combine in the giving of money to help others
||strands of thread used when praying, tied to the tallit’s edge
||stone, rock, sometimes used to refer to G-d
||anniversary of a death
||the 12 months or final stage of mourning from the burial
Note: The modern (Sephardi) Hebrew pronunciation is shown here.