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The Gamliel Institute is a center for study, training, and advocacy concerning Jewish end-of-life practices. The Institute is a project of Kavod v’Nichum (Honor and Comfort), a North American organization that provides assistance, training, and resources about Jewish death and bereavement practice for Chevrah Kadisha groups and bereavement committees in synagogues and communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Four 90-minute Zoom Sessions
Thursdays March 3, 10, 24, 31, 2022
8:00pm Eastern / 5:00pm Pacific
Course Fee: We have a new flexible course fee structure. Please see options at checkout.
This short-course explores death in Torah through four sessions:
1. The Birth of Death: What and Why is Death? - March 3rd
2. How to Die: Deathbed Scenes from Jewish Sages - What Can We Learn? - March 10th
3. Redesigning Death: New Rituals and Liturgies for Tahara and Avelut - March 24th
4. What comes next? Theories of the Afterlife, Then and Now. - March 31st
Rabbi Adina Lewittes
Rabbi Lewittes was ordained in 1993 at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the first Canadian woman to become a Conservative Rabbi. Later, at JTS, she served as the first female Assistant Dean of the Rabbinical School. Rabbi Lewittes has held various leadership positions in the wider community, in addition to founding and leading Sha’ar Communities, a groundbreaking suburban initiative inspired by a broad vision of Jewish renaissance. Rabbi Adina Lewittes is a leading teacher, speaker, writer, and creative voice in the reimagination and revitalization of Jewish life. She is a member of the Senior Rabbinic Faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and served as BJ’s Scholar in Residence until June, 2020.