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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Course 3: Chevrah Kadisha: Educating, Organizing and Training

This course covers (1) how to educate various audiences about our traditions at the end of life, specifically, community education and Chevrah Kadisha member education; (2) how to start a new chevrah, and (3) what is involved in leading and managing a chevrah. Creating and maintaining a Chevrah Kadisha involves leadership, communal education, and organizational skills, including developing relationships with funeral homes and cemeteries. This course addresses these issues, while providing a skill-foundation for students to use in their own communities. Students are required to write two “exploration papers” during this course as a means to learn how to apply the concepts presented.

Topic areas include:

                  • Overview and context
                  • Educational planning
                  • Educational motivation
                  • Educating youth and children
                  • Creating a new Chevrah Kadisha
                  • Operational management
                  • Chevrah Kadisha leadership
                  • Funeral homes and cemeteries
                  • Applying these teachings in your own community

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