Chevrah Kadisha – Jewish Burial Services

Chevrah Kadisha – Jewish Burial Services

Chevrah Kadisha - Johannesburg

Contact Person: David Weber - (Funeral Director)

Phone: +27 11 673 2057/8

Mobile: +27 82 495 0907

Address: 

West Park Cemetery, West Park Drive, Montgomery Park, Johannesburg Gauteng




The Chevrah Kadisha is the oldest Jewish organisation in Johannesburg and the largest Jewish welfare organisation on the African continent.

 

As old as the city of Johannesburg itself the Chevrah Kadisha established in 1888 during the Gold Rush has fulfilled the dual role of burial and welfare since inception. Its sound principles and wise approach to welfare have made it a model and example for all Jewish organisations to follow.

 

Over the years the Chevrah has been called upon to assume many additional community responsibilities and has accepted each challenge with courage and humility. Today thousands of Jewish people depend upon the Chevrah every month for food warm and safe housing education for their children and healthcare for their families. The organisation which continues to attend to all Jewish burial in the city also devotedly cares for those who are elderly ailing disabled and helpless.

 

The problems of relief and rehabilitation addressed by the pioneers of the Johannesburg Chevrah Kadisha were visionary far-reaching and complex. The modern-day Chevrah despite having expanded its boundaries extensively has remained faithful to the high ideals and moral ethical and spiritual tenets prescribed by its most esteemed founders.

Latitude: -26.1629541126152 Longitude: 27.98208385705948

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Quotes

  • "It is said that life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life" 

    Terry Pratchett

  • “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”  

    (Little Foxes, 1866)

  • "And when I saw you sleeping,  so peaceful and free from pain, I could not wish you back to suffer that again"

    Author unknown,  see - child loss poems

  • “It was not frightening to die sometime, it was frightening to die right now.”   

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, (cancer ward)

  • "What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose.  All that we love deeply becomes part of us." 

    Helen Keller

  • "There are always flowers for those who want to see them"  

    Henri Matisse

  • “Across the years I will walk with you - in deep green forests, on shores of sand and when our time on earth is through, in heaven too, you will have my hand!”  

    Robert Sexton

  • "Everyone can master a grief but he that has it." 

    Shakespeare

  • “Life is like the desert, life the solitude, death joins us to the great majority”  

    Edward Young, 1683 –1765

  • "The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it" 

    W.M. Lewis

  • “The family with an old person in it possesses a jewel.”  

    Chinese saying

  • "Tonight I feel so very small by the enormous loss of you"

    Kate Shand

  • "Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives." 

    A. Sachs

  • "Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today"  

    James Dean

  • “The idea is to die young as late as possible.”  

    Ashley Montagu, (1905 –1999)

  • Strive not, my soul, for an immortal life, but make the most of what is possible.”  

    Pythian Odes, 518 – 438BC

  • “His innings is over, his bat is laid down. Bowled out by deaths unerring ball.” 

    Unknown

  • "Walk tall as the trees; live strong as the mountains; be gentle as the spring winds, keep the warmth of summer in your heart, and the Great Spirit will always be with you." 

    anonymous, native American 

  • "with silent lifting mind I've trod, the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand, and touched the face of God."  

    from  'high flight' by John Gillespie Magee, see condolence poetry

  • "I wasted time, now doth time waste me"

    William Shakespeare

  • "I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves washed it away. I wrote your name in the sky, but the wind blew it away. So I wrote your name in my heart, and that's where it will stay, always"

    Author unknown  poetry

  • "Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy." 

    eskimo proverb

  • Death plucks my ear and says, “live – I’m coming.”  

    Virgil, 70-19BCE

  • “After the game the king and the Pawn go into the same box.”  

    Italian saying

  • "The harder you fall the higher you bounce"

    Doug Horton

  • “It's natures way of telling you to slow down.”  

    Anonymous, (Cited as Madison Avenues latest definition of death.)

  • "When you are born you cry and the world is happy, when you die the world cries and you are happy."

    from the movie: One Last Thing

  • "Tears are the words the heart can't express"  

    Author unknown

  • "I am awake, I see the sun. I am going to give my gratitude to the sun and to everything and everyone, because I am still alive and this might be the last day that I can tell you that I love you"

    Don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements)

  • "Death is the beginning of the soul's new journey"  

    from poem by Sri Chinmoy, see condolence poetry

  • "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love." 

    Washington Irving

  • "Fly, fly little wing, fly beyond imagining. Past the planets and the stars, leave this lonely world of ours. Escape the sorrow and the pain. And fly again"

    Celine Dion

  • “I saw him now going the way of all flesh.”  

    John Webster

  • "Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality." 

    Jean Paul Richter

  • "God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be, so he wrapped his arms around you, and whispered - come to me." 

    author unknown, see child loss poems

  • "We understand death only after it has laid its hands on someone we love."

    Anne L. de Stael

  • "If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand"

    unknown

  • “The soul takes flight to a world that is invisible, and there arriving she is sure of bliss and forever dwells in paradise.”  

    Lady Jane Grey, the movie

  • “Don’t be dismayed at good-byes.  A farewell is necessary before you can meet again.  And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”  

    Richard bach, (Illusions)

  • "I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”  

    Og Mandino

  • “Suicide is what the death certificate says when one dies of depression.”  

    Peter D. Kramer, psychiatrist.

  • "Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds"

    from 'high flight' by John Mcgee see condolence poetry

  • “To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable”   

    Erich Fromm

  • “Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re still alive, it isn’t.”  

    Richard Bach, (Illusions)

  • "And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation" 

    Kahlil Gibran

  • “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”  

    Richard Bach, (Illusions)

  • “The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.”  

    Ernest Hemingway, a few weeks before committing suicide.

  • “Dear world, I am leaving you because I am bored. I am leaving you with your worries. Good luck."   

    George Sanders, suicide note 25 April 1972

  • "If you live to one hundred, I want to live to one hundred minus one day - so I never live a day without you!" 

    Winnie the Pooh

  • "Don't die with your music still inside you" 

    Wayne Dyer

  • "The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation." 

    Herman Hesse

  • "Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain" 

    Author unknown

  • "When we are forgotten, we cease to exist." 

    Lady of the lake, from the movie 'Merlin'

  • "Where there is sorrow there is holy ground." 

    Oscar Wilde

  • "Death is delightful.  Death is dawn, the waking from a weary night of fevers unto truth and light."

    Joaquin Miller

  • "We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong - the amount of work is the same" 

    Carlos Castanada

  • “He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt”  

    Joseph Heller, 1923

  • "Life's a voyage that's homeward bound." 

    Herman Melville

  • “We meet but briefly in life, if we touch each other with stardust – that is everything.”  

    Author unknown.