Burial Brotherhood Society

     The Chevra Chadisha building was constructed at the beginning of this century as the place in which the famous Burial Brotherhood Society of Prague met. The Society attended the body of the dead for the hours before burial and delivered the funeral oration from the small side balcony.

     The Chevra Chadisha building currently holds a permanent exhibition of the drawings and poetry of the children who were incarcerated at Terezin or, as the Germans called it, Terezienstadt, a ghetto/concentration camp 35 miles to the Northeast of Prague. There is also an exhibition of the teenagers writings for VEDEM, their literary publication.

     The renowned Rabbi Low, the MAHARAL, was buried in this cemetery. His tombstone can be seen in the foreground with the lion's head. Students from the Charles University frequently go to the Rabbi's tomb to leave prayers tucked in the crevices of the marble to assure the proper outcome of their exams!

"A Tour of Jewish Prague" photographs by Mark Talisman.
Text by Project Judaica Foundation.
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