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Courses by location: Congregation Etz Chayim

Congregation Etz Chayim

4161 Alma Street

Palo Alto, CA 94306-4546

650-813-9094

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Dying/Death/Burial: What Jews Do

G300-ECH Instructors: Kelman Starting: 04/17/2018 Location: Congregation Etz Chayim

There are so many things we were not able to learn as children, and here is an opportunity to become confident and comfortable with: Vidui (the Jewish way of last words), Jewish laws, customs and ...

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Making Choices: Advance Directives and Final Wishes

G100-ECH Instructors: Salkin Starting: 04/10/2018 Location: Congregation Etz Chayim

This session will demystify advance planning, ethical wills, and ethical dilemmas: extending life, organ donation, genetic testing, abortion, autopsy, and stem-cell usage. We will also share practical knowledge regarding planning a funeral, choosing a cemetery, ...

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Moral Outrage, War, and Economics: Heschel and Social Justice (Palo Alto)

PC650C-ECH Instructors: Lewis Starting: 03/05/2018 Location: Congregation Etz Chayim

When I marched in Selma, I felt like my legs were praying. —Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Spiritual Leader. Scholar. Philosopher. Social Activist. 80 years ago, a young Abraham Joshua Heschel was appointed by Martin Buber ...

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Mourning And Grief: After The Death

G500-ECH Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 05/01/2018 Location: Congregation Etz Chayim

In this essential session we will address Kaddish basics, what the Jewish tradition says about mourning and grief and memory, and how to gather community support. We will create a safe place to share special ...

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The Art of Comfort

G400-ECH Instructors: Greenspan Starting: 04/24/2018 Location: Congregation Etz Chayim

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 ...

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When Life is Over: Where is Your Soul? Jewish Perspectives on the Afterlife

G200-ECH Instructors: Seid-Valencia Starting: 05/31/2018 Location: Congregation Etz Chayim

In this conversation we will survey the diverse range of Jewish conceptions of the soul, the afterlife, resurrection, and reincarnation. We will also reflect on some of the big questions at the end of life: ...