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Dying/Death/Burial: What Jews Do

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

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 traditions about dying; performing taharah (preparing the body); the funeral service; and issues concerning burial and cremation.

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

Tuesday, April 17
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Apr 17 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Etz Chayim Rabbi Stuart Kelman


Congregation Etz Chayim

4161 Alma Street

Palo Alto, CA 94306-4546



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.