Mission Statement of the Sacred waters organization

We seek to make Jewish ritual around death as accessible as possible.
We see Sacred Waters as part of the future of Judaism, connecting the Jewish family, in its broadest sense, with the faith’s most loving, spiritually deep practices.
We believe that every soul deserves the dignity of sacred ceremony, and that every client and family deserves to have its holy uniqueness honored.

 
Rabbi Avivah sings from the liturgy during a taharah performed poolside in a private backyard.

Rabbi Avivah sings from the liturgy during a taharah performed poolside in a private backyard.

 

Our Vision

Sacred Waters/Mayim Kedoshim is L.A.’s trusted provider of ritual around death that is both authentically Jewish and expressively beautiful. We are well known and beloved within the Jewish community and beyond, receiving referrals from a network of congregations, health care agencies and facilities, funeral homes and community members.

We see the customary approach to Jewish death care as the starting place and default form of the practice. We also make available ritual that is free of many of the usual restrictions, allowing us to accommodate family wishes such as to hold the ceremony in the home or private yard, to invite family members to participate, and to perform Jewish ritual for non-Jews, or as part of plans for cremation.

Our team comprises Jewish clergy, health care and death care professionals with specialized training in Jewish death ritual. Team members are empowered to lead ceremonies in a way that honors tradition, client needs and their own creative ritual-making gifts.

Sacred Waters is a new kind of taharah providing team.