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Journey of Accompaniment
From Serious Illness to Death, Funeral, Burial and Mourning

Sponsored by Mishkan Miami Jewish Connection to Spiritual Support

The Jewish Chaplaincy program of The Greater Miami Jewish Federation
(formerly Refuat Ha-Nefesh) and Kavod v’Nichum
The 12th North American Chevra Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference

at Temple Beth Sholom of Miami Beach – 4144 Chase Ave. Monday – March 24, 2014

Our goal is to build a more caring community with active volunteers, rabbinic and synagogue leadership, and create opportunities to express the values of Jewish Spiritual Care. The conference sessions provide knowledge and skills to help volunteers become better caregivers to those in our midst who have died as well as those who survive them.

This annual conference is a three day program empowering volunteers and professionals to play active roles in burial practice, bereavement and general support to fellow congregants. We bring together inspiring teachers, seasoned leaders and experienced practitioners.

The Journey of Accompaniment is one day of workshops, focused on the importance of sensitizing us to the myriad needs for the family from the death of a loved one to the end of the first year. We will all be challenged to consider how we as a caring community can respond.

Click on this link to register. The preliminary schedule is:

7:00

8:30

Breakfast

8:30

9:30

Bruria’s Cry – The Need for a Continuum of Comfort – Volunteers can implement programs of bereavement care and death education within the Jewish community.

9:45

10:45

Empowering Volunteers – Encouraging involvement and connection to people in our community. Text study and discussion.

11:00

noon

Vidui , the traditional final deathbed confession, give volunteers tools and help them understand how they can be present with those who are dying.

noon

1:00

Lunch with Round table discussions

1:00

1:45

Educating the Community about Jewish Burial Practices – Challenges and Strategies

2:00

2:45

Volunteering in a Hospice Setting – Best Practices

3:00

3:45

What to Do When Someone Dies – Panel Discussion- Who to Call and What to ask for: Working with the Rabbi, the family, caring committee, funeral home, cemetery; traditional Jewish practices – shmira, tahara, tachrichim, ground burial; creating a Chaverim team to work with bereaved families. no cremation

4:00

4:45

Tahara – the traditional Jewish ritual where representatives of the community provide honor to the body of the deceased by washing and dressing with the greatest respect.

5:00

5:45

Remembrance and Wrapup

6:00

7:00

Dinner

7:00

8:00

Jewish Views of the Afterlife – Understanding the Tradition – Telling the Stories