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Course 7: Chevrah Kadisha: Student Projects

Course 7 is among the courses required to receive the Gamliel Institute Chevrah Kadisha Certificate of Completion. This course requires that students have completed Gamliel Institute Core Course 3: Chevrah Kadisha: Education, Organizing, and Leadership. Registration for this course requires students to submit a proposal for a project with their intent to register.  All proposals must be received no later than 60 days prior to the start of the course. Submit your project proposal through this form. Upon acceptance of a project proposal, students must then register for Course 7 hereStudents may also complete a project asynchronously from the regular Course 7 schedule. To do this, submit your proposal and contact the Dean of Students to express your interest.

Please wait to register for Course 7 until your application has been approved. Once accepted, students can then register online to pay tuition. Course fee is $250.

This course is taught over ten weeks. The focus of Course 7 is to assist students in conceptualizing, developing, and completing projects related to Chevrah Kadisha work. The projects may involve organizing or education, as well as more academic pursuits. These projects are intended to serve two primary goals: (a) improving students’ leadership skills and/or knowledge, and (b) creating contributions and resources for others in the field. The basic Chevrah Kadisha concepts that underlie these projects are embedded in individual Gamliel courses. These ideas are expanded upon in Course 3, which includes “exploration papers” designed to help students begin thinking about the nature of the projects they want to do in their own communities, or as general contributions, and possible project goals. Project proposals are not limited to the areas of the exploration papers.

Each Course 7 student will have an assigned staff mentor. Course 7 includes both online class sessions and one-on-one meetings with mentors, to provide a combination of peer and mentor support for students as they develop their projects. The first two class meetings are scheduled one week apart. Four additional class meetings will occur approximately every 2-3 weeks, with students working on projects and conferring with mentors between class meetings.

Many of the projects that have already been completed and accepted are listed online here.  Students are encouraged to look at these samples to get an idea of the range of possibilities. Students will be expected to make significant progress within the first two months of Course 7, and by the end of Course 7 are expected to have completed their projects or have created a clear and explicit plan and timeline for doing so. Evaluation of a student’s progress will be made by the student’s mentor in collaboration with the full Gamliel Staff. Any student who has not made significant progress by the end of Course 7 may petition the Dean for a time extension. When the student and mentor consider the project complete, it will be brought to the entire Gamliel teaching staff for review. The project may be sent back for further work, clarification, or it may be accepted as is.

 

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