A Project of The Gamliel Institute, Sinai Memorial Chapel, The Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, and HAMAQOM / The Place (Formerly Lehrhaus Judaica)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Topics and Location

Lehrhaus, the Gamliel Institute, Sinai Memorial Chapel, and the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center will address the challenging issues surrounding death and dying.

The sessions are open to all ages because death and grief have no age limits. Register for the topic or topics that are relevant to you.

January 2020

Osher Marin JCC
The First Monday of the Month at 7:30pm
Beginning January 6 

JCC East Bay
The First Wednesday of the Month at 7:30pm
Beginning January 8  

The First Thursday of the Month at 7:30pm
Beginning January 9

The Other Conversation
Talking With Your Family About Your Final Wishes

Making Choices: Advance Directives and Final Wishes
This session will demystify advance planning, ethical wills, and ethical dilemmas: extending life, organ donation, genetic testing, abortion, autopsy, and stem cell usage.

Dying/Death/Burial: What Jews Do
Become confident and comfortable with: Vidui (the Jewish way of last words), Jewish laws, customs and traditions about dying, performing taharah (preparing the body), the funeral service, and issues concerning burial and cremation.

The Art of Comfort
Judaism provides much needed guidance for family, friends and caregivers when visiting the sick and consoling the bereaved. It helps one know what to say and what not to say.

Mourning and Grief: After the Death
We will address Kaddish basics, what the Jewish tradition says about mourning, grief and memory, and how to gather community support. We will create a safe place to share special cases of death such as stillbirth, neonatal, sudden, and traumatic.

When Life Is Over: Where Is Your Soul? Jewish Perspectives on the Afterlife
We will survey the diverse range of Jewish conceptions of the soul, the afterlife, resurrection, and reincarnation. We will reflect on big questions at the end of life.

$10 each session

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