Courses by instructor: Dan Fendel
Dan Fendel is the men’s chair and co-founder of the Chevrah Kadisha in his own congregation, Temple Sinai (Reform; Oakland), and has been a member of the Chevrah Kadisha of Beth Jacob Congregation (Orthodox; Oakland) for more than 15 years. He was in the first cohort of the Gamliel Institute, and is now Dean of Students for Gamliel. He is co-author, with Rabbi Stuart Kelman, of Chesed Shel Emet: The Truest Act of Kindness — Exploring the Meaning of Taharah (Expanded Third Edition), and Nihum Aveilim: A Guide for the Comforter. He also did volunteer grief support work for the Shanti Project and Namaste in the San Francisco area for 20 years, and is now a Spiritual Care Volunteer at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland.
Dan has degrees in mathematics from Harvard (AB, 1966) and Yale (Ph.D, 1970). He worked for many years as a mathematics educator, primarily at San Francisco State University, where he is Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus. He is one of the primary authors of the Interactive Mathematics Program, a four-year high school mathematics curriculum, which was selected in 1999 by a U.S. Department of Education Expert Panel as one of five Exemplary mathematics programs in the country. He is also author or co-author of two college-level mathematics textbooks.
Dan lives in Piedmont, CA, with his wife Nina, who is a labor lawyer. Their children and families, including 6 grandchildren, all live in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is involved in a variety of activities at his synagogue, and is a member of its Board of Trustees. He and Nina have enjoyed traveling widely, including Chile, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Vietnam, Bali, Kenya, Bhutan, Thailand, Cuba, and Ireland.
The Art of Comfort
There is deep Jewish wisdom when visiting the sick (“What do I say?”) and consoling the the mourners (“What do I do during shiva?") Sometimes it’s not just family, but also supporting caregivers, comforting the ...