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The 10th North American Chevra Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference will be held Sunday June 10 to Tuesday June 12 at the American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Dr. in Bel-Air, California 90077.

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8:00-noonSunday Registration – (Brunch at 10)
noon-12:30Introductions: Hosted by David Zinner
12:30-12:45Welcome From Sponsors: Michael Slater, Rabbis Mark Diamond & Jason Weiner, Kalsman
12:45-1:00Welcome from Track Coordinators: Harley Felstein, Carol Cunradi, Rabbi Anne Brener
1:00-2:00Opening Speaker – Comforting the Comforters – Rabbi David Wolpe and Craig Taubman
2:00-2:10B  R  E  A  K
2:10-3:10

Tahara Demo – Rick Light

Self-Care for Those Who Care – Rabbi Rochelle Robins Cemetery Marketing – Martha White and Leonard Lawrence
3:10-4:10Chaplaining a Community in the Wake of a Disaster – Rabbi Myrna Matsa
4:10-4:20B  R  E  A  K
4:20-5:20Ethical Wills – Muriel DanceMoving Tahara –  Movement – Andrea Hodos & Aliza ShapiroBecoming a Caring Community – Rabbi Anne Brener – Part 1  Part 2  Part 3Israeli Cemeteries – Rabbi Joe Wernik
5:20-6:20Gender Issues in the Chevra Kadisha – Joel Kushner & Eliron Hamburger
6:20-6:30MinchaB  R  E  A  K
6:30-7:30Sunday Dinner  6:30-7:30
7:30-8:30Plenary Session:  End of Life Encounters From the Front Lines – How well meaning clergy and individuals can sometimes makes things worse – Rabbi Jason Weiner
8:30-9:00Ma’ariv      B R E A K
8:30-10:00Evening Program:  Natural Burial & Green Cemeteries – Rabbi Stuart Kelman; Father Charles Morris; Joe Sehee; Shari Wof; Jeremy KaplanEvening ProgramMoving Tahara – Movement –  Andrea Hodos
         
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7:00-8:30Shachrit 7-8:00Monday Breakfast   7:00-8:30  Monday Breakfast   7:00-8:00 
8:30-9:30Morning Plenary: Psycho-Spiritual Preparation for Shiva: Observations of a Rebellious Daughter – Reb Mimi Feigelson8am Bus to Mt. Sinai Forest Lawn 
9:30-9:40B  R  E  A  KIntroduction/site tour/explanation of Mt Sinai Operations – Forest Lawn location – Len Lawrence
9:40-10:40Outreach to the next Generation – Terry WunderProcessing Emotions After Doing a Tahara – Rabbi Mel GlazerJourney of the Soul – Rabbi Elie Spitz
10:40-11:40Chevra Kadisha – Across the Pond and Down Under

10:30 – Bus to Mt. Sinai Simi Valley

11:40-11:50B  R  E  A  K

Mt. Sinai Simi Valley – Site Tour – Mt. Sinai Staff

 

11:50-12:30Monday Lunch    11:50-12:30    
 12:30-12:45Kavod v’Nichum and Gamliel Institute Update: Rabbi Stuart Kelman and Dr. Michael  SlaterLunch (Kosher Chinese)
 12:45-1:30Lunch Plenary:  Grief as a Spiritual Path – Rabbi Anne Brener1:15 Cemetery Archictecture – Robert Levonian
1:30-1:40B  R  E  A  K
1:40-2:35Identity Transitions – Stories of the Living and the Dead  – Reb Mimi FeigelsonInfection Control in Tahara – Dr. Joel AckelsburgChaplaincy as Outreach – Rabbi Pearl Bar Lev
2:45-3:40Tahara as an Environmental Practice – Rabbi Janet MaddenBeing with the Dying – Rabbi Carla Howard

 

 

3:30 – Halachic Issues – Rabbi Elliot Dorff

 

 

 

3:40-3:50B  R  E  A  K
3:50-4:50Chevra Kadisha Organizing in LAWho’s Talking to Whom When We Do a Tahara?  Rabbi Stuart Kelman and Dan Fendel Part 1 Part 2  Part 3Spiritual Support by the Numbers – Christina Shu
4:50-5:50Existential Pain in Cancer Patients –  Rabbi Nina Redl
5:50-6:00MinchaB  R  E  A  KBus returns
6:00-7:00Monday Dinner      6:00-7:00 
7:00-8:00Evening Plenary:  Rabbi Elliot Dorff – Ethical, Environmental and Financial Issues in the Burial vs. Cremation Discussion – Part 1  Part 2
8:00-8:10Ma’ariv B  R  E  A  K
8:15-10:00Evening Program: Chanting During Tahara – Rabbi Shefa GoldEvening Program: Networking Discussion – moderated by David Zinner
         
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7:00-7:30Shachrit     Chanting with Rabbi Shefa Gold
7:30-8:30Tuesday Breakfast     7:30-8:30  
8:30-9:30Breakfast Plenary:   From Obits to Headlines – How Do We Get Media for the Chevra Kadisha – Rob Eshman – Jewish Journal of LA
9:30-10:00State of the Chevra Kadisha Movement, David Zinner    
10:00-10:10B  R  E  A  K
10:10-11:10Organizing a North American Education Effort – Burial vs CremationBlessing of the Hands – Rabbi Me’irah IliinskyCreating Funerals for Unaffiliated Families – Rabbi Stan LevyThe Richmond, VA Cemetery Model – Bette Rose Webne
11:10-12:10Muslim Practices Around Death and BurialChanting at the End of Life – Rabbis Shefa Gold and Anne BrenerYour Cemetery – Insurance, Endowment funds – Unanswered Questions Unresolved Issues – Brainstorming and Networking
12:10-12:30Tuesday Lunch   12:10-12:30    (take-away available)  
12:30-2:00Kavod v’Nichum Board Meeting
2:00-3:00B  R  E  A  K
3:00-10:00Tuesday afternoon and Evening – Gamliel Institute
8:00-noonWednesday – Gamliel Institute

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