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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Study Group Discussion Offerings

Although these have start/end dates, they are ongoing.
You can register at any time to join in the discussion.

  • Monday Night Coronavirus Discussion Group
    June 29th – September 14th, 2020
    Facilitated by David Zinner and Nicky Silver
    Mondays 8:00pm EDT, 5:00pm PDT for 90 minutes each class
    $36 for the series – Click here to registerExploring the spiritual, emotional and physical impacts of this time.
  • Ma’avar Yabbok Study Group
    July 9th – September 17th, 2020
    Facilitated by Rabbi Steve Moss
    Thursdays 1:00pm EDT, 10:00am PDT for 90 minutes each class
    $36 for the series – Click here to registerDiscussion and text study of a new translation and modern understanding of this foundational book.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest News

For information about health and safety in the taharah room, new alternative taharah rituals, ...
Questions and answers regarding taharah and Coronavirus, view the recording of the recent webinar with a panel of experts, lists of articles including infection control, and more,  visit our central  “Coronavirus and Jewish Death Practices” page.    Join the discussion on Monday nights about how this virus impacts Chevrah Kadisha work, our lives, and our families, including sharing of emotional and spiritual challenges along with physical difficulties.

Upcoming Taste of Gamliel Short Courses

To view recordings of past Taste of Gamliel Short Courses...
Please contact our Registrar (J.Blair@Jewish-Funerals.org), or simply register for the course (even though it has already happened), and you will be emailed the link to the recording.

July 19 and August 16, 2020, Emily Fishman and Rabbi Becky Silverstein
Trans-Inclusive Taharah Practices Short Course Series
Sundays, 8:00pm Eastern / 5:00pm Pacific (two 90-minute classes)
Free! – Click here to register
This course is funded by the Hadar and the Schusterman Family Foundation

Two seminars on how to include trans haveirim and meitim in taharah ritual and liturgy led by two people who worked on the Boston Community Hevra Kadisha’s Gender Task Force.

  • July 19th: Gender and Taharah — Our Process and Yours
  • August 16th: Implementation in Your Chevrah Kadisha

August 5 and 12, 2020, Rabbi Richard Address
Jewish Sacred Aging
Wednesdays, 8:00pm Eastern / 5:00pm Pacific (two 90-minute classes)
Course fee is $72 – Click here to register

The longevity revolution has produced major changes in our Jewish community. We are older, more active and more eager to engage the tradition. In this two-session course we will examine some of the texts that form a spiritual foundation for positive aging in this new frontier and then examine some of the more powerful new rituals and prayers that are being created to respond to the new life stages that have emerged as a result of our longevity

Upcoming Gamliel Core Curriculum Courses

Registration is Open
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Recent Articles of Interest

Articles about the pandemic are not included here, but links to articles are listed on our Coronavirus and Jewish Death Practices page.

  • Poem about pandemics, March 11, 2020 – Poem by Lynn Ungar
  • Join the fight against hatred and antisemitism, take action in support of those killed this past year, including 11 Jews in Pittsburgh. – 11 Actions for 11 Lives

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