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The Gamliel Institute Core Course 4:
Chevrah Kadisha Nechamah
This Course Meets Every Tuesday from March 29 – June 21, 2022
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.
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.
The Institute offers full-semester Core Curriculum Courses as well as the Taste of Gamliel Lecture Series of one to four evening lectures exploring a wide range of topics related to Jewish practices near the end of life. All lectures and core courses are presented online using Zoom.