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Courses by instructor: Rabbi Stuart Kelman

Rabbi Stuart Kelman

Rabbi Stuart KelmanRabbi Stuart Kelman, PhD serves as the Dean of the Gamliel Institute. A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, he holds a PhD in Sociology of Education from USC. Together with David Zinner, they have created the Gamliel Institute as a way to train a cadre of leaders in the Chevra Kadisha movement in North America who are intent on reclaiming the mitzvot of k’vod hameit and nihum aveylim. Rabbi Kelman has published a series of booklets on the topics of bikkur cholim and kvod hameit. Together with Dan Fendel, he has authored Chesed Shel Emet: The Truest Act of Kindness (3rd edition) and Nihum Aveilim: A Guide for the Comforter two groundbreaking books that have emerged as part of the Gamliel Institute. Rabbi Kelman was the founding rabbi of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA and was the Executive Director of the Agency for Jewish Education in Oakland, CA and of Camp Ramah in Ojai, CA. He was Asst. Prof. of Jewish Education at HUC in LA and one of the founders of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education. He is married to Vicky Kelman, and they have 4 married children and 10 grandchildren.