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Gamliel Institute

Student Projects

Chevrah Kadisha - Education, Organizing

                                 and Training


Students of the Gamliel Institute learn and produce practical, hands-on material that helps their bring Jewish practices and values to fruition. A central component of our program is the support and mentoring of students in conceiving and carrying out useful projects related to the Chevrah Kadisha world, whether in their own community, congregation, or business or a larger scale.


Courses offer students a way to make a difference and have a meaningful and positive impact — a "real-world" effect. The program includes material on principles of education and organizing, and projects can range from academic research and writing, to community organizing, to creative and artistic endeavors. Organizing efforts might include starting a new Chevrah Kadisha, educating the community about the Chevrah Kadisha's work, teaching about the running of the local Jewish mortuary or cemetery, helping the Chevrah Kadisha to expand its services, producing materials for education or to share the beauty and meaning of this work.




Soul and Body by Rick Light

A transformational approach to Chevrah Kadisha participation and daily life.


Wrestling With Paperwork by Kerry Swartz

A Chevrah Kadisha model that actively engages and assists 'at-risk' mourners.


Power in Numbers by Dan Fendel

Creating a regional Chevrah Kadisha consortium.


Traditional Jewish Practices by Zoe Van Raan

Teaching teens and adults about the continuum of care and the afterlife.


Picture This by Rabbi Me’irah Illinsky

Teaching end-of-life practices by illustrating the values they represent.


Sacred Waters by Rabbi Avivah Erlick

An exemplary model of home Tahara and Jewish end-of-life rituals.


Death Awareness Education by Jean Berman

Discovering the beauty and power in death.


The Elephant in the Room by Edna Stewart

Teaching Jewish end-of-life practices




Tea, Cake and Death by Rena Boroditsky

A model for using Death Cafés to explore peoples' feelings about death and dying.


New Blood by Fred Helms

Bringing new life into an existing Chevrah Kadisha.


I've Got a Feeling by Robin Black

A presentation on processing post-Taharah emotions.


Best For Your Community by Rabbi Lori Shaller

Examining types of Chevrah Kadisha models for different communities.


Burial Beyond Bodies by Rabbi Joe Blair

An exploration and establishment of a burial site for holy objects.