How can I join the Auckland Chevra Kadisha & Benevolent Society

Apply online by clicking on the button below. Alternatively, download the PDF application form and once completed please scan and mail it to secretary@chevra.org.nz or post it to our postal address.

Your membership will be assessed for eligibility and if all is in order, and you will be notified shortly thereafter together with an invoice for the appropriate fee. Please don’t send money with your application form.

If you are a member of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation (AHC), you are automatically eligible for membership of the Chevra.

If you are not a member of the AHC, please include any additional information which will help us determine halacha (i.e., that you are Jewish). Examples include birth certificates, Ketubah (marriage certificates), letter from previous Rabbi etc.

Click on the button below to download a membership application form.

Click on the button below to apply for membership online.

What are the benefits of membership?

Belonging to the Chevra ensures that when (and unfortunately this is a ‘when’ not an ‘if’) our services are required, they are done so free of charge.

Benevolence:

  1. Visits to the elderly and unwell.
  2. Benevolence and financial assistance.
  3. Cemetery and plot management.
  4. Education.

Bereavement and burial assistance:

  1. Arranging Levaya (funeral).
  2. Performing Tahara.
  3. Liasing with funeral director.
  4. Reduced funeral charges.
  5. Organising Minyan.
  6. Organising headstone consecration and service.

Note that the funeral directors charges and cemetery costs (including plot if not prepurchased) are additional, as are any costs levied by the Auckland Hebrew Congregation.

For non-members please note that we need in all cases proof of Jewish identity enabling us to proceed with a Jewish funeral. These services are charged (costs available on request).

If you are currently a member, we’d like to thank you for your support. If you aren’t yet a member, please consider joining. In doing so, you will be helping to ensure that these vital services can continue.

Am I eligible for membership?
In order to be eligible for membership of the Chevra, our rules stipulate that you must be eligible for membership of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation (and therefore halachically Jewish). This does not mean however that you need to be a member of the AHC although membership of both organisations is greatly encouraged and will help you to maintain those connections essential for a vibrant Jewish community.
If I am a member of the AHC does this mean I also belong to the Chevra?

No, the two organisations are separate and you are encouraged to be a member of both.

Click here to enquire about joining the Chevra
Click here to enquire about joining the AHC

What does it cost to join?
The annual cost of a single membership is $102.50 with a family membership $205.00 (which includes all children under aged 21). Prices include GST.
Are my membership fees and donations tax deductible?
Both the Society and the Trust Board are registered New Zealand charities (Society: CC38160 and Trust Board: CC38162). In most cases any fees or donations are tax deductible and donations are also free of gift duty. However, to be sure, please check with your accountant.
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