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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Afterlife and Soul

  • Gillman, Neil, The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2000.
  • Kamin, Ben, The Path of the Soul Making Peace with Mortality, Plume, 1999.
  • Palatnik, Lori, Remember My Soul: What To Do In Memory Of A Loved One, Leviathan Press, 1998.
  • Pinson, DovBer, Reincarnation and Judaism: The Journey of the Soul, Jason Aronson, 1999.
  • Raphael, Simcha Paull, Jewish Views of the Afterlife, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2009.
  • Spitz, Elie Kaplan, Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives, and Living with Purpose, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2000, 2011.
  • Syme, Rifat Sonsino, Daniel B., What Happens After I Die?: Jewish Views of Life After Death, URJ Press, 1990.
  • Wachtel, David, From This World to the Next: Jewish Approaches to Illness, Death and the Afterlife, 1999.
  • Wexelman, David M., The Jewish Concept of Reincarnation and Creation: Based on the Writings of Rabbi Chaim Vital, Jason Aronson, 1999.

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Aging

  • Davidson, Sara, The December Project, An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life’s Greatest Mystery, HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
  • Friedman, Dayle A., Jewish Visions for Aging, A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2008.
  • Shachter-Shalomi, Zalman, From Age-Ing to Sage-Ing, A Profound New Vision of Growing Older, Warner Books, 1995.

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Chaplaincy

  • Friedman, Rabbi Dayle A., Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook From Traditional and Contemporary Sources, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2005.
  • Ozarowski, Joseph S., To Walk in God’s Ways: Jewish Pastoral Perspectives on Illness and Bereavement, Jason Aronson, 1995.

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Children

  • Grollman, Earl A., Talking about Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child, Beacon Press, 1991.
  • Grollman, Rabbi Earl, How to Explain Death to Children, Unknown Publisher.
  • Liss-Levinson, Nechama, When a Grandparent Dies: A Kid’s Own Workbook for Dealing with Shiva and the Year Beyond, Jewish Lights Publishing, 1995.
  • Spero, Moshe Halevi, Saying Goodbye to Grandpa, Simcha Media Group, 1997.
  • Wolfelt, Alan D., PH.D., A Child’s View of Grief (A Guide for Caring Adults), Service Corporation International, 1990.

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Civil Law

  • Carlson, Lisa, Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love, Upper Access, 1997.

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Cremation

  • Kornbluth, Doron, Cremation or Burial; a Jewish View, Mosaica Press, 2012.

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Ethical Wills

  • Abrahams, Israel, Hebrew Ethical Wills, Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1976, 1954.
  • Riemer, Jack, and Stampfer, Nathaniel, So That Your Values Live on: Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them, Jewish Lights Publishing, 1994.

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Eulogy

  • Solomon, Victor M., and Cohen, Hershel., Nahalat Shafra: A Book of Eulogettes, Ktav Pub Inc, 1990.

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Finances

  • Arvio, Raymond Paavo, The Cost Of Dying And What You Can Do About It, Harper and Row, 1974.
  • Harmer, Ruth Mulvey, The High Cost of Dying: The Prices Practices and Moral Principles of Today’s Undertaking Industry, Collier, 1963.
  • Roberts, Darryl J., Profits of Death: An Insider Exposes the Death Care Industries, 5 Star Publications, 1997.

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Funeral Practice

  • Bowman, Leroy, Ph. D., The American Funeral: a Study in Guilt, Extravagance, And, Sublimity., Public Affairs Press, 1959.
  • Mitford, Jessica, The American Way of Death Revisited, Vintage, 2000.
  • Rubenstein, Shmuel, The Jewish funeral: An Illustrated Analysis Of The Laws And Customs Governing The Jewish Funeral, S. Rubenstein, 1977.

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General

  • Address, Richard F., A Time to Prepare, URJ Press, 2002.
  • Cope, Denys, Dying, A Natural Passage, Three Whales Publishing, 2008.
  • Corr, Charles A., Corr, Donna M., and Nabe, Clyde M., Death and Dying, Life and Living, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2006, 2009.
  • DeSpelder, Lynne Ann, and Strickland, Albert Lee, The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying, McGraw-Hill, 2008.
  • Deutsch, Rabbi Herschel L., A Philosophy of Funeral Practices and Mourning, Unknown Publisher.
  • Heilman, Samuel C., When a Jew Dies: The Ethnography of a Bereaved Son, University of California Press, 2002.
  • Isaacs, Ronald H, The Chain of Life, Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education with the assistance of the Jewish Funeral Directors of America, 1993.
  • Iserson, Kenneth V., Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies, Galen Press, 1994.
  • Kraemer, David, Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism, Routledge, 1999.
  • Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth, Death: The Final Stage of Growth, Scribner, 1997.
  • Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth, On Death and Dying, Scribner, 1997.
  • Myerhoff, Barbara, Number Our Days (Touchstone Book), Touchstone, 1980.
  • Nuland, Sherwin B., How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, Vintage, 1995.
  • Nuland, Sherwin B., and Riemer, Jack, Jewish Insights on Death and Mourning, Syracuse University Press, 2002.
  • Press, C., Concern for the Living, Feldheim Pub, 1990.
  • Riemer, Jack, Jewish Reflections on Death, Schocken, 1974.
  • Riemer, Jack, Wrestling with the Angel: Jewish Insights on Death and Mourning, Schocken, 1995.
  • Siegel, Richard, Strassfeld, Michael, and Strassfeld, Sharon, The First Jewish Catalog: A Do-It-Yourself Kit, Jewish Publications Society, 1965.
  • Solomon, Lewis D., The Jewish Book of Living and Dying, Jason Aronson, 1999.

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Grief and Sorrow

  • Aiken, Lisa, Why Me, God?: A Jewish Guide for Coping and Suffering, Jason Aronson, 1997.
  • Alpert, Rebecca T, Confronting Mortality And Facing Grief: Jewish Perspectives On Death And Mourning : An Advanced Guide For Adult Study, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 1997.
  • Anderson, Gary A., A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance: The Expression of Grief and Joy in Israelite Religion, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1991.
  • Angel, Marc D., The Orphaned Adult: Confronting the Death of a Parent, Human Sciences Press, 1987.
  • Artzi-Pelossof, Noa Ben, In the Name of Sorrow and Hope, Knopf, 1996.
  • Brooks, James L., The Unbroken Circle: A Toolkit for Congregations Around Illness End of Life and Grief, Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, 2009.
  • Bulka, Reuven P., Judaism on Illness and Suffering, Jason Aronson, 1998.
  • Cardin, Nina Beth, Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2007.
  • Carmy, Shalom, Jewish Perspectives on the Experience of Suffering (Orthodox Forum Series), Jason Aronson, 1999.
  • Cutter, William and Kay, Terry, The Jewish Mourner’s Handbook, Behrman House Publishing, 1996.
  • Doka, Kenneth, Living With Grief: After Sudden Loss Suicide, Homicide, Accident, Heart Attack, Stroke, Taylor and Francis, 1996.
  • Glazer, Mel, And God Created Hope, Finding Your Way through Grief with Lessons from Early Biblical Stories, Marlowe and Company, 2007.
  • Jaffe, Hirshel, and Rudin, James, Why Me? Why Anyone?, St. Martin’s Press, 1986.
  • Jeffreys, J. Shep, Helping Grieving People: When Tears Are Not Enough: A Handbook for Care Providers, Brunner-Routledge, 2005.
  • Kay, Alan A., Jewish Book of Comfort, Jason Aronson, 1997.
  • Lamm, Maurice, Consolation: The Spiritual Journey Beyond Grief, The Jewish Publication Society, 2004.
  • Levy, Yamin, Confronting the Loss of a Baby: A Personal and Jewish Perspective, Ktav Publishing House, 1998.
  • Levy, Yamin, Journey Through Grief: A Sephardic Manual for the Bereaved and Their Community, Ktav Publishing House, 2003.
  • Miller, Rabbi Uri, Be Comforted, Baltimore, 1948.
  • Olitzky, Kerry M. and Friedman, Debbie, Jewish Paths Toward Healing and Wholeness: A Personal Guide to Dealing With Suffering, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2000.
  • Parkerton, Jane J., Person, K. Jeanne and Silver, Anne Winchell, Where You Go, I Shall: Gleanings from the Stories of Biblical Widows, Cowley Publications, 2005.
  • Plotkin, Paul, The Lord Is My Shepherd: Why Do I Still Want?, Eakin Press, 2003.
  • Rando, Therese A., Twelve Insights into Grieving after the Death of Your Loved One, Service Corporation International, 2008.
  • Shahin, Nissim Ben Jacob ibn., An Elegant Composition Concerning Relief after Adversity (Vol XX in Yale Judaica Series) Translated by Brinner, Yale University Press, 1977.
  • Silverman, William B., When Mourning Comes: A Book of Comfort for the Grieving, Jason Aronson, 1994.
  • Stern, Sholom, When Words Fail: A Religious Response to Undeserved Hurt, Jason Aronson, 1999.
  • Weintraub, Simkha Y., Healing of Soul, Healing of Body: Spiritual Leaders Unfold the Strength and Solace in Psalms, Jewish Lights Publishing, 1994.
  • Wolfson, Ron, A Time to Mourn, A time to Comfort, Jewish Lights Publishing, 1996.
  • Wolpe, Rabbi David J., and Albom, Mitch, Making Loss Matter : Creating Meaning in Difficult Times, Riverhead Trade, 2000.

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History

  • Baron, Salo Wittmayer, A Social and Religious History of the Jews in Three Volumes, Columbia University Press, 1937.
  • Bernstein, Abraham, M.D, A History of Sinai Memorial Chapel in San Francisco; Chevra Kadisha – Its Meaning And Concern In Jewish Life, Unknown Publisher, 1980.
  • Diner, Hasia R., A Time for Gathering: The Second Migration, 1820-1880 (The Jewish People in America) (Volume 2), The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
  • Goldberg, Sylvie-Anne, Crossing the Jabbok: Illness and Death in Askenazi Judaism in Sixteenth- through Nineteenth-Century Prague (Contraversions : Critical Studies in Jewish Literature, Culture, and Society, 3), University of California Press, 1997.
  • Hallote, Rachel S., Death, Burial, and Afterlife in the Biblical World: How the Israelites and Their Neighbors Treated the Dead, Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2001.
  • Joselit, Jenna Weissman, The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture 1880-1950, Hill and Wang, 1996.
  • Laderman, Gary, Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America, Oxford University Press, USA, 2005.
  • Marcus, Jacob Rader, Communal Sick Care in the German Ghetto (Ella H. Philipson Memorial Publications, V. 1,), Ktav Pub Inc, 1978.
  • Metcalfe, Peter and Huntington, Richard, Celebrations of Death: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual, Cambridge University Press, 1979.
  • Meyers, Eric M, Jewish Ossuaries: Reburial And Rebirth: Secondary Burials In Their Ancient Near Eastern Setting (Biblica et Orientalia, 24), Biblical Institute Press, 1971.
  • Neusner, Jacob, A History of the Mishnaic Law of Purities, Part Ten: Parah: Literary and Historical Problems (Studies in Judaism in Late Antiquity), Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2007.
  • Rischin, Moses, The Jews of North America, Wayne State University Press, 1987.
  • Wachtel, David, From This World to the Next: Jewish Approaches to Illness, Death and the Afterlife, 1999.

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Humor

  • Zackheim, Victoria, Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death (IO), North Atlantic Books, 2012.

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Interfaith

  • Bloom, Rabbi Mark, et al, A Place In The Tent: Intermarriage And Conservative Judaism, EKS Publishing, 2004.

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Kaddish

  • Diamant, Anita, Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead, and Mourn as a Jew, Schocken, 1999.
  • Goldman, Ari, Living a Year of Kaddish: A Memoir, Schocken, 2006.
  • Olitzky, Kerry M., Grief in Our Seasons: A Mourner’s Kaddish Companion, Jewish Lights Publishing, 1998.
  • Wieseltier, Leon, Kaddish, Vintage, 2000.

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Mourning

  • Brener, Anne, Mourning and Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to Healing, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001.
  • Eisenstein, J.D., Mourner’s Manual, Hebrew Publishing Company, 1929.
  • Felder, Aaron, Basic Guide to Jewish Laws and Customs of Jewish Sacred Society, Chevra Kadisha of Chicago, 1981.
  • Glazer, Rabbi Mel, When Death Visits a Jewish Home: 99 Actions For Mourners, Unknown Publisher.
  • Goldberg, Chayim Binyamin, Mourning in Halacha [Avelut ba-halakhah/Zikhron avot]: The Laws And Customs Of The Year Of Mourning (ArtScroll Halachah Series), Mesorah Publications, 1996.
  • Goldstein, Zalman, The Jewish Mourner’s Companion (with complete liturgy) (Companion Series), Jewish Learning Group, 2006.
  • Gordon, Albert Isaac, In Times Of Sorrow: A Manual For Mourners, United Synagogue of America, 1959.
  • Harlow, Rabbi Jules, The Bond of Life: A Book for Mourners, The Rabbinical Assembly, 1983.
  • Hirsh, Richard, A Guide to Jewish Practice: The Journey of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College Press, 2006.
  • Isaacs, Ron H., and Olitzky, Kerry M., A Jewish Mourner’s Handbook, KTAV Publishing House, 1991.
  • Kolatch, Alfred J., The Jewish Mourner’s Book of Why, Jonathan David Publishers, 2004.
  • Levine, Aaron, To Comfort the Bereaved: A Guide for Mourners and Those Who Visit Them, Jason Aronson, 1994.
  • Lunche, Howard J., Understanding Grief : A Guide For The Bereaved, SVL Press, 1999.
  • Sperka, Joshua, Eternal Life a Digest of All Jewish Laws for Bloch, 1961.
  • Spero, Shubert, Journey into Light: A Manual for the Mourner, Spero Foundation, 1959.
  • Spiro, Jack D., Time to Mourn: Judaism and the Psychology of Bereavement, Bloch Publishing Company, 1985.
  • Stavsky, David, For Thou art with me: A Manual of Mourning, P. Feldheim, 1965.
  • Teutsch, David A, Kol Haneshamah: Prayers for a House of Mourning, Reconstructionist Press, 2001.
  • Toperoff, Shlomo Pesach, Eternal Life: A Handbook For The Mourner, Unknown Publisher, 1972.
  • Wolfson, Ron, and Wolpe, David J., A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement (The Art of Jewish Living), Jewish Lights Publishing, 2005.
  • Wolpe, David, Memorial Prayers – And Special Readings for the House of Mourning, Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries, 2010.

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Organizing

  • Goodman, Arnold M., A Plain Pine Box: A Return to Simple Jewish Funerals and Eternal Traditions, Ktav Publishing House, 2003.

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Taharah

  • Barbarash, Ellie, et al, Health and Safety Precautions for Taharah, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018.
  • Berman, Rochel U. and Greenberg, Irving., Dignity Beyond Death: The Jewish Preparation for Burial, Urim Publications, 2005.
  • Epstein, Mosha, Tahara manual of practices: Including halacha decisions of hagaon Harav Moshe Feinstein, zt’l, Chevra Kadisha Zichron Shabtai Leib of Greater Bri, 1995.
  • Erlick, Rabbi Avivah W., and Light, Richard A., Exploring the Soul of Taharah, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015.
  • Kelman, Rabbi Stuart, and Fendel, Dan, Chesed Shel Emet: The Truest Act of Kindness, Exploring the Meaning of Taharah, EKS Publishing, 2013.
  • Light, Richard A., Final Kindness: Honoring K’rovei Yisrael: Guidelines for Burial Preparation of Non-Jews Who Are Part of The Jewish Community, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
  • Light, Richard A., Jewish Rites of Death: Stories of Beauty and Transformation, Terra Nova Books, 2016.
  • Light, Richard A., To Midwife a Soul: Guidelines for Performing Tahara, 5th Edition, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
  • Ushpol, Isaac B, Likut Darkei Chesed: Summary Of Laws And Customs Applying To The Chevra Kadisha, Unknown Publisher, 1974.

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Traditional Practices

  • Berechia, Rabbi Aaron of Modena, Sefer Maavar Yabbok, Unknown Publisher.
  • Dobrinsky, Herbert C., A Treasury of Sephardic Laws and Customs, Yeshiva University Press, 2002.
  • Dresner, Samuel H, The Jew in American life, Crown Publishers, 1963.
  • Farber, Rabbi Seth, and Tur-Paz, Shlomit, Burial and Mourning – Traditional Practical and Legal Dimensions, ITIM: The Jewish-Life Information Center.
  • Felder, Aaron, Yesodei Smochos : a Compilation of Jewish Laws and Traditions Dealing with Death and Mourning, with the Addition of Detailed Studies of Related Problems Arising from Modern Life Situations, New York : Felder, 1976.
  • Gollancz, Hermann, Fifty Years After: Sermons And Addresses Setting Forth The Teachings And Spirit Of Judaism (Third Series), Oxford University Press, 1924.
  • Gordon, Dr. Harvey L., Questions and Answers about Jewish Tradition and the Issues of Assisted Death, Union of American Hebrew Congregations – Department of Jewish Family Concerns – Committee on Bioethics in Cooperation with the Central Conference of American Rabbis Task Force on Assisted Suicide, 1998.
  • Hershman, Abraham M., The Code of Maimonides (Mishneh Torah): Book 14, The Book of Judges (Yale Judaica Series) (Bk.14), Yale University Press, 1949.
  • Ickovits, T’mimah Audrey, Eil Barukh – Seven Sacred Circles: Explanation and Translation of the Hakafot Ritual in Sefer Maavor Yabbok Through a Lens of Kabbalah with Hebrew Adapted for Use by Women, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018.
  • Isaacs, Ronald H., Gates of Heaven: A Handbook for Unveilings and Visiting the Cemetery, Ktav Pub Inc, 2004.
  • Kelman, Rabbi Stuart, and Fendel, Dan, Nihum Aveilim: A Guide for the Comforter, EKS Publishing, 2015.
  • Kelman, Stuart L., and Handler, Jane, Give Me Your Hand: Traditional and Practical Guidance on Visiting the Sick, EKS Publishing, 1998.
  • Lamm, Maurice, The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning (Revised and Expanded Edition), Jonathan David Publishers, 2000.
  • Light, Richard A., Jewish Rites of Death: Stories of Beauty and Transformation, Terra Nova Books, 2016.
  • Pachino, Marvin B., Toward an Understanding of Jewish Funeral and Mourning Practices, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, 1966.
  • Rabinowicz, Harry M, Guide to Life: Jewish Laws and Customs of Mourning, Jewish Chronicle, 1982.
  • Weinberger, D, The Funeral And Cemetery Handbook [Sha¹are Nechamah] (The Artscroll Mesorah Series), Mesorah Publications, 2003.
  • Zlotnick, Dov, The Tractate “Mourning”(Semahot): Regulations Relating to Death, Burial and Mourning (Yale Judaica Series), Yale University Press, 1966.

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Transgender

  • Dzmura, Noach, Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, North Atlantic Books, 2010.

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