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Course 7: Chevrah Kadisha: Student Projects

Course Number and Title

Course Number 407 – Gamliel Institute Core Course 7: Chevrah Kadisha: Student Projects

Subject Matter Topics

Student projects in the field of Chevrah Kadisha work

Structure, Prerequisite Requirements, and Registration

This course is taught in six evening sessions, each 1.5 hours in length.  All class sessions are taught using Zoom, an online learning platform (see zoom.us).  Students must have an account with Zoom (it’s free), to login for live video and audio streaming online classes.

The “textbook” for the course is a collection of online learning materials presented through an online library of course modules, each with pages of text, links to resources, and various levels of course topic-related information.  These materials are meant to be a resource for students, available to registered students during and after the course takes place.  Students can return to research topics or revisit learning at any time after the course. Access to these materials is granted once students register for the course.

This course requires that students have completed Gamliel Institute Core Course 3: Chevrah Kadisha: Education, Organizing, and Leadership, course number 303. Course 7 is among the courses required to receive the Gamliel Institute Chevrah Kadisha Certificate of Completion.

Registration for this course requires students to submit a proposal for a project.  Once this is approved, students can register to take the course here.

Project proposal guidelines are listed below.  Proposals should be submitted as a PDF file attached to an email sent to info@jewish-funerals.org, with the subject line: Course 7 Project Proposal.  All proposals must be received no later than the application deadline listed in the Gamliel Course Schedule.

Project Proposal Guidelines:

  • No more than two single-spaced, 11-point font, pages of text
  • Include the following sections:
    • Student’s full name
    • Title of project
    • One-sentence summary of project topic or goal
    • Details of proposed project idea
    • Summary of implementation plan for project

Description

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/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. The schedule for Gamliel Courses is shown here. 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 3-4 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 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. Completed projects may be posted to the Gamliel website or considered for publication through Kavod v’Nichum