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.

We remember Rabbi Mel Glazer

Rabbi Melvin Glazer, congregational rabbi and grief specialist, died peacefully on April 22, 2018 – 7 Iyar 5778 at the age of 71. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Rabbi Mel earned a BA from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1974, and received a Doctor […]

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Eli Talk

Dying Jewishly ELI Living Jewishly Means Dying Jewishly Too ELI Talk by Michael Slater In much of society today, death is to be avoided at all costs – in polite company and modern medicine alike. Jewish tradition, explains Dr. Michael Slater, has a very different approach. In a talk that is part memoir, part history, […]

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Building a New Road Out of Stumbling Blocks: A Difficult Taharah “Back Story” By Merle Karasch Gross

[Ed. Note: WARNING – This is not for the faint of heart or the squeamish. This entry in our blog details some of the aspects of what may occur in what we refer to as a “Difficult Taharah”. Told from the perspective of one event at one Chevrah Kadisha, this speaks to the guiding principle […]

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The Case Against a Kosher Casket

A Kosher Casket? A Kosher Casket? Kosher means fit or proper for ritual use, but unlike the biblical delineation of which foods are kosher, there are no biblical rules to give guidance regarding manufacture of kosher caskets. The Talmud contains dozens of occurrences of Hebrew words that are translated to English as “casket”, “coffin”, “bier”, […]

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