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Course 4: Chevra Kadisha: Nechama

Course 4 - Chevra Kadisha: Nechama (providing comfort)

The Gamliel Institute announces our fourth course - Nechama.  The Nechama course is written and taught by outstanding scholars and practitioners in the field and coordinated by David Zinner and Rabbi Stuart Kelman. This course is funded in part by the Sequoia Fund in memory of Barbara Fromm, z"l.

This fourth course in our curriculum covers the topic of Nechama, comfort, which is on the continuum at the end-of-life.  Many of the skills necessary to provide comfort for the bereaved are similar to those needed for visiting those who are ill.  Therefore, some of the topics chosen for study are relevant to the entire spectrum of care. See the expanded Necham Course outline.

Topics Include:        

Practical Skills Traditional Texts
Resources Ethical Wills
Viddui (Final Confession) Aging
Challenging Situations Chaplaincy
Hospice Prayer - Healing Services
Designing a Plan for Nechama Working with Families

This course will be taught by:

  • Rabbi Yonatan Cohen
  • Reb Mimi Feigelson - Maspiah Ruchanit and Lecturer of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University.
  • Rabbi Richard Address - senior rabbi at Congregation M'kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ. He worked for the the Union for Reform Judaism for 33 years. A major part of his work has been in the development and implementation of the project on Sacred Aging.
  • Rabbi Dayle Friedman - Chaplain, teacher, spiritual guide and scholar. Founder of Hiddur: "The center for Aging and Judaism of RRC".
  • Dr. Kenneth Gorfinkel - Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology since 1992 at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Children's Hospital.
  • Rabbi Stephanie Dickstein,LMSW, - Spiritual Care Coordinator of the Shira Ruskay Center/JBFCS
  • Linda Blachman, MPH, MA, CPC - founder of the non-profit Mothers Living Stories Project.
  • Rabbi Pam Wax
  • Rabbi Bob Tabak - staff chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Editor of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association newsletter "RRA Connection"
  • Rabbi Elliot Dorff
  • David Zinner - Executive Director of the Gamliel Institute
  • Rabbi Stuart Kelman - Dean, Gamliel Institute

Tuition is $1,000 per course. Scholarships are available.

Click here to enroll or contact the Gamliel Institute Dean, Rabbi Stuart Kelman for more information.