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    Registration for Course 5:

Chevrah Kadisha: Ritual, Practice, and Liturgy

 

Course 5 Class Schedule – Tuesdays, October 20th through December 27th, 2022, 8:00pm – 9:30pm EDT, 5:00pm – 6:30pm PDT (First class is on Thursday)

Pricing:
$400 early-bird rate through August / then $500 

Our tradition has a broad and rich liturgy and practice around end-of-life issues. This course examines these in detail, from bikur cholim (visiting the sick) through funeral and burial prayers and issues of mourning and remembrance, and concluding with the Jewish views on the afterlife. (The course does not cover issues around taharah and shmirah, which are the focus of Course 2.)

Topic areas usually included in this course:

  • Continuum of care
  • Prayer, liturgy and ritual
  • What is ritual?
  • Bikkur cholim (visiting the sick)
  • Vidui (deathbed confession)
  • Moment of death and preparations for the funeral
  • Levayah (accompaniment)
  • Funeral service, liturgy and ritual
  • Burial service
  • Cemeteries
  • Mourning and community
  • Remembrance
  • Kaddish
  • Jewish ideas of afterlife

 

 

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Rabbis, cantors, kohenot, and chaplains get a discounted course tuition rate.
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Welcome to the Gamliel Institute! We are delighted to have you in our community.

Please know that Kavod v'Nichum values inclusion and respectful conversation. When you attend a Gamliel course, you enter into a holy space that might include multiple denominations, religious observances, and political thoughts. Please be sure that your comments and questions are respectful and aware of the kaleidoscope of learners and views around you. 

To help guide you through your engagement with our classes, you will be assigned an advisor to whom you can address questions about your participation as well as any concerns you might have. To become familiar with the Gamliel Institute policies and practices, please refer to the Academic Bulletin.

To get started, please answer a few questions for our student information database. Thanks for your help and welcome aboard.

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Please read and agree to the Gamliel Institute behavioral norms

We ask all students to be familiar with and agree to our Expected Standards and Norms of Behavior.  If you need more background info, please also review information about the Gamliel Institute and about Kavod v’Nichum.

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Please reconsider your answer. In order to participate respectfully in the Gamliel Institute courses, all students must agree to abide by the code of conduct indicated in our Expected Standards and Norms of Behavior.

In order to complete this registration, we ask that you read and agree to these standards.  If you do not wish to agree to this, please contact the Kavod v'Nichum Executive Director at info@jewish-funerals.org to discuss your concerns. We would love to include you in our courses.

Until you agree with this, your registration cannot be completed at this time.

Thank you for your understanding.

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In addition to yourself, you can register up to 5 more students with this one form submission.

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Course 1 - Chevrah Kadisha: Origins and Evolution

Tuesdays, January 4th through March 22nd, 2022; 8:00pm EDT, 5:00pm PST; 90 minutes per class 

This course traces the evolution of Chevrah Kadisha practice and the chevrah’s role in the community from early times, through the standard of practice in Medieval Europe, and into the changes that took place in the transition to the Western Hemisphere and modern times. Find more details here.

Course 2 - Chevrah Kadisha: Taharah and Shmirah

Tuesdays,  January 3 – March 21, 2023; 8:00pm EDT, 5:00pm PST; 90 minutes per class 

The central elements of Chevrah Kadisha practice include the rituals of taharah —preparation of the body for burial; and shmirah—the watching (or “guarding”) of the body between death and burial. This course addresses liturgy, training, safety, and more. Find more details here.

Course 3 - Chevrah Kadisha: Educating, Organizing, and Training

Tuesdays, October 10 – December 26, 2023; 8:00pm EDT, 5:00pm PST; 90 minutes per class 

Creating and maintaining a Chevrah Kadisha involves leadership, communal education, and organizational skills, including developing relationships with funeral homes and cemeteries. This course addresses these issues, while providing a skill-foundation for students to use in their own communities. Find more details here.

Course 4 - Chevrah Kadisha: Nechamah

Tuesdays, October 10 – December 26, 2023; 8:00pm EDT, 5:00pm PST; 90 minutes per class 

The mitzvah of nechamah (comfort)—both comfort for the ill (bikur cholim) and comfort for the grieving (nichum aveilim)—is a vital part of Chevrah Kadisha work. This course looks at the skills involved in this work, and includes areas such as listening techniques, the concept of an ethical will, and principles involving remembrance. It also provides students with opportunities to examine and deepen their own attitudes and outlooks about illness and death. Find more details here.

Course 5 - Chevrah Kadisha: Ritual, Practice, and Liturgy

Tuesdays, October 20th through December 27th, 2022; 8:00pm EDT, 5:00pm PST; 90 minutes per class (First class is on Thursday)

Our tradition has a broad and rich liturgy and practice around end-of-life issues. This course examines the liturgy and related practice in detail, focusing on funeral and burial prayers, local minhagim, and the role of the rabbi.  Find more details here.

Course 7 - Independent Study: Student Projects Overview

Independent Study

Student projects may involve various aspects of Chevrah Kadisha work, including organizing and education as well as more academic pursuits. Projects have two primary goals: (a) to improve students’ leadership skills and/or knowledge, and (b) to serve as contributions/resources for others in the field. This course is an optional independent study opportunity to support students who want to create a contribution to the field of Jewish end-of-life work.   Find more details here.

Course 11 - Cemetery Management Intensive

Wednesdays, September 14, 21, October 19 through December 21st, 2022; 8:00pm EDT, 5:00pm PDT; 90 minutes per class 

Thousands of Jewish cemeteries in North America are being managed by people with little or no experience, who have limited access to resources. This course provides an overview of essential knowledge and an intense dive into the skills needed to run a Jewish “green” cemetery.

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Multiple Chevrah Member Discount

When three or more members from the same chevrah register for a course, they each receive 20% off the full course registration. Please select the Multiple CK Member registration amount below, and fill in the number of members for which you are registering as the quantity.

Note: you can register for yourself plus 5 other people through this one form submission. If you are registering for more than 5 additional chevrah members, please enter additional form submissions to accommodate everyone. 

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To pay by check:

Make check payable to "Kavod v'Nichum" and mail to:

Kavod v'Nichum 
P.O. Box 1206
Maplewood, NJ 07040

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