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 Fall of 2021 – Spring of 2022
- Ma’avar Yabbok text study with Rabbi Steve Moss
September 30th, 2021 to January 13th, 2022
Thursdays 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.
October 27 to December 29, 2021
Wednesdays 8:00pm EST, 5:00pm PST for 90 minutes each class
Course fee $118
We’ll journey our way through some old and new teshuvot that touch on the work of the Chevrah Kadisha. This very rich literature can provide answers to some of the mysteries in our work. The ability to simply read a Hebrew text accurately is necessary.
- Preparing for the End of Life text study with Rabbi Rick Kline
October 28 to December 23, 2021 (No class on Thanksgiving)
Thursdays 7:00pm EST, 4:00pm PST for 150 minutes each class
Course fee $180
This course focuses on preparing for the end of life and includes the study of an impressive selection of Jewish texts including: the death of the Hassidic master, the Baal Shem Tov; Talmudic stories; and the Maavar Yabbok, a 17th century compilation of laws, customs, and mystical teachings relating to sickness, deathbed, burial, and bereavement. Utilizing different modalities, such as small group study, meditation, discussions, didactic sessions, and journaling. Participants will explore the range of issues related to this life cycle event. Open to both clergy and lay people with all texts in both Hebrew and English. No prior background necessary.
- Ancestral Journeys: End-of-Life Wisdom in Torah and Midrash with Reb Simcha Raphael
February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2022
Wednesdays 8:00pm Eastern / 5:00pm Pacific 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.