The Gamliel Institute is a center for study, training, and advocacy concerning Jewish continuum of life practices.
Continuum of life practices include
• Dealing with life-threatening illness
• Legacy and preparation of ethical wills
• Preparing for death and the time of death
• Care for the body – taharah and shmirah
• Care for relatives and friends
• Funeral and burial
• Mourning, grieving, remembering
• Providing comfort
The Institute is a project of Kavod v’Nichum (Honor and Comfort), a North American organization which provides assistance, training, and resources about Jewish death and bereavement practice for Chevrah Kadisha groups and bereavement committees in synagogues and communities throughout North America.
The Gamliel Institute has the potential to change the current culture surrounding continuum of life issues in the Jewish community – from denial and neglect to awareness, acceptance, and healthy integration into family and community life.