Australian burial society live-streams funerals

Cameras installed in cemeteries; service popular because Jewish families dispersed across Diaspora, says Chevra Kadisha director.

By JTA
September 20, 2011 16:53
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Cemetery. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
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SYDNEY, Australia - A Jewish burial society in Melbourne is believed to be the first in Australia to offer live web streaming of funerals over the Internet.

The Melbourne Chevra Kadisha has installed a camera at the prayer houses of the two main cemeteries in Melbourne, according to a report in the Australian Jewish News.

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The web streaming, which is in its trial phase, costs about $250, according to Chevra Kadisha director Fred Grossman. DVD copies of the funeral service also are available.

Grossman said the service was proving popular, largely because so many Jewish families are dispersed across the Diaspora.

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