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Course 5: Chevrah Kadisha: Ritual, Practice, and Liturgy

Our tradition has a broad and rich liturgy and practice around end-of-life issues. This course examines these in detail, from bikur cholim (visiting the sick) through funeral and burial prayers and issues of mourning and remembrance, and concluding with the Jewish views on the afterlife. (The course does not cover issues around taharah and shmirah, which are the focus of Course 2.)

Topic areas usually included in this course:

                    • Continuum of care
                    • Prayer, liturgy and ritual
                    • What is ritual?
                    • Bikkur cholim (visiting the sick)
                    • Vidui (deathbed confession)
                    • Moment of death and preparations for the funeral
                    • Levayah (accompaniment)
                    • Funeral service, liturgy and ritual
                    • Burial service
                    • Cemeteries
                    • Mourning and community
                    • Remembrance
                    • Kaddish
                    • Jewish ideas of afterlife

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Upcoming Course 5 Schedule

Course 5 Class Schedule – For 2022, this course meets weekly on Tuesday nights, with the exception that the first class is on a Thursday. So the schedule starts on Thursday October 20th, but after that, the course meets on Tuesdays.

October 20th through December 27th, 2022, 8:00pm – 9:30pm EDT, 5:00pm – 6:30pm PDT

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