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 Fall of 2021 – Spring of 2022

Thursdays September 30th, 2021 to January 13th, 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.

 

Six Wednesdays November 17 to December 22, 2021
8:00pm EST, 5:00pm PST for 90 minutes each class
Course fee $54
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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

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