Chevra Kadisha

The Perth Chevra Kadisha is one of the oldest Jewish communal organisations.  It was founded in 1896 and has provided an uninterrupted service since then.  The Perth Chevra Kadisha is a voluntary organisation unlike those in many larger cities.

The work of the Chevra Kadisha is an act of Chesed Shel Emet - loving kindness and truth - and is often referred to by our Rabbis as the greatest of all mitzvot, because the beneficiary can never thank the benefactor.  Those who participate in the mitzvah are deserving of the highest praise but do not seek it, giving freely of themselves in time and effort leaving their employment, businesses, homes and families to carry out the mitzvah quietly, efficiently and with dignity, so that the deceased can be treated in accordance with our ancient traditions.

For almost a century, The Chevra Kadisha operated as a sub-committee of the Perth Hebrew Congregation.  In 1985, as a reflection of the growth of the community and of the establishment of additional Congregations in Perth, The Chevra Kadisha incorporated as an autonomous and independent organisation.

Jewish burials in Perth were originally at the East Perth Cemetery (cnr Plain and Waterloo Streets, East Perth) but since 1899 have been at the Karrakatta Cemetery, which is still in use today.  The Chevra Kadisha's Ohel (Prayer Hall) is located in the Jewish sections at Karrakatta and Guildford.  

Funeral Arrangements: 

For funeral arrangements please contact Purslowe Chipper Funerals on 9381 5888
(7 day, 24 hour service).

Purslowe Chipper Funerals will then contact the Chevra Kadisha.


On Shabbat, Holy Days or any other time when the above telephone is unattended, assistance is available from Chippers on 9381 5888 (24 hours).

Chevra Kadisha Executive 

President:  Mike Gomer      mike.gomer@perthchevrakadisha.org.au 

Vice President: Laurence Tucker      laurencet@perthchevrakadisha.org.au   

Secretary: Emma Benjamin      secretary@perthchevrakadisha.org.au      

Treasurer: Gary Silberstein      treasurer@perthchevrakadisha.org.au     

Perth Chevra Kadisha mailing address     PO Box 435 Dianella WA 6059


Headstone Inscriptions and Consecrations 
Tel: 9271 0539
Email: Sydney Berinson - shamash@theperthshule.asn.au 


Yahrzeit Plaques
Memorial plaques listing details of the deceased may be erected within the Perth Shule for a donation of $400 per plaque.   These are lit on every Yahrzeit and Yizkor.  Application forms are available from the Chevra Kadisha.

Burial Plot Search & Information, Burial Plot Pre-Purchases 
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board
Phone: 9383 5200
E-Mail: mcb@mcb.wa.gov.au


Funeral Cost Enquiries and Pre-Payments
Chippers Funeral Directors
Phone: 9381 5888