The Mission of the Gamliel Institute is to empower our students to lead in the reclaiming of Jewish traditions, rituals, liturgy and practices along the entire continuum of care at the end of life. We educate them to become communal leaders: to inspire, support, organize, teach and advocate for the full range of Chevrah Kadisha work in synagogues and communities.
The Gamliel Institute Certificate Program is designed to encourage, support, educate, train and develop a strong Jewish corps of professional and volunteer leaders, who will help create a holistic “continuum of care” in their local communities. The program is based on, and includes over 2,000 years of texts and traditions, historical evolution, political realities and proven strategies.
In an environment that acknowledges the contributions of all the streams of Judaism, the Gamliel Institute brings together diverse disciplines – including community organizing, consumer advocacy, bikur cholim, chaplaincy, rabbinic texts, thanatology, hospice care, grief therapy, funeral direction, cemetery management, and legacy planning. – to create a matchless, comprehensive training program. The Gamliel Institute’s program is a unique blend of Jewish communal obligation, care for the poor and elderly, consumer protection, Jewish continuity and spiritual inspiration.