Kavod v'Nichum and Gamliel Institute provide resources, education, and training along the Jewish end-of-life continuum: from visiting the sick and pre-planning, to care for the body after death, to providing comfort to the mourners.
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Renewing Bikur Cholim in the Time of Covid



Sponsored by Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains, Kavod v’Nichum,
Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, and The Jewish Board

The challenges of Bikur Cholim, attending to the sick, have become more complex and demanding in the second year of Covid. How are we responding to these challenges and what tools are we developing to deal with the long term effects of isolation, separation, and sickness. How are our missions evolving and what strategies are there to dealing with the new demands we face? And how are we serving non-traditional communities? And how do we strengthen ourselves as caregivers.

 Alternate Mondays   January 10 – May 22,  2022
7:00pm-8:30pm EST4:00pm-5:30pm PST

Eight online presentations and discussions followed by an in-person closing in NYC

For volunteers and professionals who work in the field of bikur cholim (visiting the sick)
and the general public

$72 for the full series;    $36 for three sessions;     scholarships widely available


Questions? Contact David Zinner at info@jewish-funerals.org or 410–733–3700.

Find out more about Bikur Cholim, what it is and why it’s important – please click here.

Program Index

Click a date in the index below for the session description and speaker biography.



Session Overview

1 January 10 Rabbi Eric Weiss, Rabbi Richard Address
Opening session: The Current Status of Bikur Cholim
2 January 24 Rabbi Jason Weiner, Elaine Rotenberg
Compassion Fatigue and Caring for the Caregiver
3 February 7
4 February 21 Rabbi Janet Madden
Dealing with the “Grief Deferred and Denied”
– Infertility, Infant Death, Suicide, Substance Abuse
5 March 7 Reb Simcha Raphael
How to Pray with the Dying
6 March 21 Rabbi Judith Beiner, Shira Stern
Kavanot: Prayers, Poetry and Meditations for the Caregiver
7 April 4 Rabbi Simcha Weintraub
Helping to Craft the Story: Working with the Choleh to Tell and Preserve their Story
8 April 25 Chaplain Bruce Feldstein
Spiritual Care as an Architecture in Time: Compassionate Presence and Sacred Encounter
9 May 22 In-person program in NYC

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Conference Session Descriptions

January 10, 2022



January 24, 2022



February 7, 2022



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February 21, 2022



March 7, 2022



March 21, 2022



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April 4, 2022


April 25, 2022



May 22, 2022



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Conference Sponsors


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