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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The Taste of Gamliel Lecture Series
and Text Study

The Taste of Gamliel Lecture Series provides an opportunity to learn across a broad range of topics throughout the year. Instructors are chosen for their reputation as experts in their field, subject knowledge and teaching abilities. Gamliel seeks to achieve the highest of standard of education in all aspects of our courses. Each class within a course is 90 minutes in length, taught online using Zoom.   For all Taste of Gamliel lectures, registrants also have access to the recordings of the sessions. If the live course has already happened, new students can register for the recordings after the fact – just use the same registration form as for the live course but register for the recordings. You will be sent the link to access the selected course recording or set of recordings.

Multi-week text study programs provide the opportunity to explore specific areas of interest in depth. These courses have the same instructor for an extended period so students can gain insights into Jewish texts related to our death-related and nechamah (chaplaincy) practices.

All Lecture Series and text study courses require pre-registration to obtain the Zoom room number for the course. Click on the links below for both more details and to register for each class. There are no prerequisites for these courses, everyone is welcome and invited to experience these tantalizing educational events.

 


Lecture and Text Study Schedule
for 2022

  • Ma’avar Yabbok text study  with Rabbi Steve Moss Continued

Thursdays February 3 to May 19, 2022
1:00pm EST, 10:00am PST for 90 minutes each class
Course fee $118
Discussion and text study of a new translation and modern understanding of this foundational book and the Kabbalah that underlies its teachings.

 

  • Ancestral Journeys: End-of-Life Wisdom in Torah and Midrash with Reb Simcha Raphael

Wednesdays February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2022
8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST for 90 minutes each class
Course fee flexible; see registration
This course shall explore biographical narratives in Torah and Midrash in search of wisdom for dealing with the unique challenges of life and death today. Through study and reflection on the lives of our Biblical ancestors from the Book of Genesis, we shall discover guidelines for responding to end-of-life transitions and encounters with the unknown in this era of uncertainty. Course will be presented using a display of visual collages to highlight the texts of Torah and Midrash we shall study.

 

  • The Torah of Death with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Thursdays March 3, 10, 24, 31, 2022
8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST for 90 minutes each class
Course fee flexible; see registration
This short-course explores death in Torah through four sessions:

1. The Birth of Death: What and Why is Death? – March 3rd
2. How to Die: Deathbed Scenes from Jewish Sages – What Can We Learn? – March 10th
3. Redesigning Death: New Rituals and Liturgies for Tahara and Avelut – March 24th
4. What comes next? Theories of the Afterlife, Then and Now. – March 31st

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022     New Date!
8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST
Course fee flexible; see registration
In this presentation, we will look closely at the Kabbalistic principle of ‘Yeridah L‘Tzorech Aliyah’ which roughly translates as ‘Descent for the sake of ascent’, or ‘What goes down must come back up’, and examine its relevance to the process of responding to trauma and grieving loss.

 

Thursdays May 26 to September 8, 2022 (with 2 weeks off June 9 and 16)
1:00pm EST, 10:00am PST for 90 minutes each class
Course fee $118
Discussion and text study of a new translation and modern understanding of this foundational book and the Kabbalah that underlies its teachings.

 

New full-semester course:

Jewish & Green: Cemetery Management For The 21st Century  with HollyBlue Hawkins and David Zinner

September 14 – December 21, 2022

Twelve 90-minute Zoom Sessions on Wednesdays, 8:00pm Eastern / 5:00pm Pacific

Thousands of Jewish cemeteries in North America are being managed by people with little or no experience, who have limited access to resources. Cemeteries may vary in size from a few graves in a small area, to thousands of graves within hundreds of acres; some hundreds of years old. Some are Jewish sections in larger cemeteries and are struggling to adhere to Jewish standards. Others are eager to incorporate strategies to convert to “greener” practices.  Often cared for by volunteers, many are aging out and need to find and train replacements; record-keeping is often done with paper and pencil; ownership may be unclear. All of these issues cry out for a comprehensive approach to management.  This course, Jewish & Green Cemetery Management For The 21st Century, provides an overview of essential knowledge and an intense dive into the skills needed to run a Jewish “green” cemetery.

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