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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Gamliel Institute Cafe Schedule

The Gamliel Cafe is a monthly informal learning opportunity for all prospective, current and past Gamliel students.  This is an online Zoom session starting at 5:00pm West / 8:00pm East, on the third Thursday of each month. Create a free user account at zoom.us and join the session by clicking here. These sessions are intentionally relaxed and structured to have 20-30 minutes of instruction by a prominent teacher followed by discussion, sharing and Q&A.  They last an hour to an hour and a half, and do not require preregistration.  Students just show up and enjoy reconnecting with fellow students to learn together.

Please contact the Gamliel Institute Graduate Programs and Continuing Education Office if you have any questions or concerns:

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2019 Schedule

  • January 17, 2019 – Dan Fendel: “Our IDF Experience in Israel, Recent Articles et al”
  • February 21, 2019 – Rick Light: “Final Kindness: Honoring Krovei Yisrael
  • March 21, 2019 – Canceled due to Haggim
  • April 18, 2019 – Canceled due to Haggim
  • May 16, 2019 – Carl Viniar: “What is ALEPH, and his Personal Journey as a Rabbinic Pastor Student”
  • June 20, 2019 – Rabbi Richard Address: “Jewish Sacred Aging and the Longevity Revolution”
  • July 18, 2019 – Lisa Rappaport: “Divrei Nichum ~ Comforting Words During Times of Loss: A Collection of Poems for Mourners”
  • August 15, 2019 – Panel: Jean Berman, Heidi Katz, Bill Morris: “Impact of Gamliel Institute on Their Lives and Communities”
  • September 19, 2019 – Rabbi Janet Madden: “How do we mourn Jewish things that Halacha  does not recognize as bereavements?”
  • October 17, 2019 –
  • November 21, 2019 –
  • Dec 19, 2019 – Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife: “Priestessing in Judaism”

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2018 Schedule

  • January 18, 2018 – HollyBlue Hawkins: “Limmud Festival 2017”
  • February 15, 2018 – Vickie & Linda: “CK and the Generation Gap”
  • March 15, 2018 – Dan Fendel: “Light and Consolation”
  • April 19, 2018 – Abigail Salisbury: “Legal Issues of Interest to CK”
  • May 17, 2018 – Rick Light, David Zinner, Kerry Swartz: “2018 Conference Program Overview, Introduction to online Program using Sched
  • June 21,2018 – Rabbi Stuart Kelman, Yehudis Fishman: “Coco the movie and Jewish death practices”
  • July 19, 2018 – Edna Stewart: “What makes Walking in the Shadow work”
  • August 16, 2018 – Gary Goldberg: “Music and Poetry of Leonard Cohen”
  • September 20, 2018 – Canceled due to Haggim
  • October 18, 2018 – Rabbi Stuart Kelman: “Sperber”
  • November 15, 2018 – Arielle Friedtanzer: “Medical Aid in Dying”
  • December 20, 2018 – Rabbi Me’irah Iliinsky: “The Tree of Life is Weeping”

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2017 Schedule

  • March 15th, 2017 – Rena Boroditsky: “The Letter Shinh”
  • April 19th, 2017 – Rick Light: “The Four Gates of Pesach”
  • May 17th, 2017 – Me’irah Iliinsky: “Map of the Journey of the Soul”
  • July 19th, 2017 – David Zinner: “Muslim Tachrichim”
  • August 16th, 2017 – Isaac Polack: “A Look at Sheol”
  • October 18, 2017 – Kerry Swartz and Fred Helms: “Documents & Forms to Have on Hand”
  • November 15, 2017 – Jean Berman: “Creative Liturgy for Lifecycle Events”
  • December 20, 2017 – Rena Boroditsky and Joe Blair: “The Chai Mitzvah Curriculum Approach”

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