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

Whether you’re already in a Chevrah Kadisha that provides Taharah and Shmirah, or you’re thinking about starting one in your own community, this course is for you. Chevrah Kadisha Educating, Organizing and Training will help you learn how to build and strengthen your Chevrah, and how to build support from your community, clergy, and lay leaders.

You will learn about:

  • Education – acquiring knowledge and teaching techniques to bring information about our Jewish traditions at the end of life to both the Chevrah Kadisha members and to congregational and community audiences
  • Organizing – developing leadership skills, building confidence, and inspiring motivation to successfully recruit members and build clergy and community support to build and grow a strong chevrah.
  • Trainingworking with and guiding your Chevrah Kadisha members to understand prayers, build a culture of kavanah, become comfortable with taharah and shmirah as well as other end of life practices, and structure and manage a smoothly functioning organization.

This course addresses these issues, while providing a skill-foundation for students to use in their own communities, including motivating your members, overcoming fear, gathering allies, working with clergy, understanding community resources, relating to funeral homes and cemeteries, avoiding pitfalls, creating policies, dealing with money and much more.

 

Holly Blue Hawkins, one of the course instructors, talks about Course 3

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