Single sheet folded in half. Contains photocopy of two pages from the "Readings: Prelude to Kaddish" section of the Sim Shalom prayerbook. One side contains the poem "Each Of Us Has a Name" in English and Hebrew. Other side contains "In Many Houses" by Diane Cole and "To open eyes when others close them" by Emmanuel Eydoux.
New Community Chevra Kadisha is a Jewish burial society in Pittsburgh established in 2005. It performs tahara (ritual purification) and other death and burial rites for the recently deceased. It also serves as an educational resource about Jewish rituals and traditions related to dying, death, and funerals. It hosts an annual dinner each year around the Hebrew date 7 Adar, which is the anniversary of the death of the Biblical prophet Moses and a traditional time for Jewish burial societies to honor their otherwise anonymous members. The New Community Chevra Kadisha was one of two local Jewish burial societies responsible for tending to the victims following the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, 2018. One of its members was killed in the attack and another was severely wounded. Its 7 Adar programming in early 2019 including a commemoration of the attack and its victims. That year, the New Community Chevra Kadisha also worked with artist Rabbi Me'irah Iliinsky to present her painting "The Tree of Life Is Weeping" to victims and survivors of the October 27 attack. This poem was read during the 7 Adar Dinner in 2019.
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