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

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

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: Do I fear death, have I lived a good life, will I be alone?

This is one part of a five-part series Walking in the Valley of the Shadow. You may attend any or all topics in any location in any order.

For the third straight year, Lehrhaus, The Gamliel Institute, Sinai Memorial Chapel and The Bay Area Jewish Healing Center address the challenging issues surrounding death and dying.


# Sessions
Date & time

Thursday, May 31
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
May 31 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Etz Chayim Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia


Congregation Etz Chayim

4161 Alma Street

Palo Alto, CA 94306-4546



Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia

Rabbi Hugh Seid-ValenciaRabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia serves as the Director of Community Engagement at the Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos. He spent ten years teaching Jewish Studies at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, where he served most recently as Director of Israel and Jewish Studies Curricula. After studying at Deep Springs College, he earned a B.A. with Highest Honors in English Literature from UC Berkeley and received his rabbinical ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He has a vast array of teaching experience, including work with adults, college students, and high school students. He served as the Jewish Advisor at Swarthmore College, trained as a chaplain, and taught for several years at Berkeley Midrasha. He is married to Tricia Creason-Valencia, a documentary filmmaker. They have two children, Dahlia and Elijah. Rabbi Hugh enjoys tai chi, gardening and walking with his spaniel Jadey.