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Kavod v’Nichum
08/13 Newsletter

Gamliel Institute’s Fall-Winter 2013-14 course schedule in now online. Registration is open for Chevra Kadisha study, Tahara and Shmira plus Chevra Kadisha Education, Training and Leadership. These twelve week on-line courses present a groundbreaking opportunity to study and learn more about our work.

Click here to view course and registration details.

Kavod v’Nichum’s Philadelphia Conference in June certainly garnered a fair amount of press, most notably an article in The Forward that caused a fair bit of backlash from conference attendees and Kavod v’Nichum members.

A summary of the post-conference responses can be found here.

New and updated publications . . .

Chesed Shel Emet: The Truest Act of Kindness. This new edition adds a liturgical understanding of the prayers that are said while performing a Tahara. An essential resource for any existing Chevra Kadisha or community interested in forming one.

Available through EKS.

Chair of the Northern New Mexico Chevra Kadisha    and Gamliel student, Rick Light’s Tahara manual is updated and expanded to its fourth edition, which now contains chants by Rabbi Shefa Gold.

Further information here.

Rick Light has broken new ground with the first ever published guidelines meant to extend the ritual of Tahara for non-Jewish partners of interfaith couples.

Further information here.

David Zinner was on the air!, Founder and executive director of Kavod v’Nichum he discussed Jewish funeral traditions on A Good Goodbye Radio with host Gail Rubin on The RockStar Radio Network.

“Thanks to a general reluctance to discuss issues of death and dying, the rituals and the reasons behind them get lost. But a growing number of Jews are discovering the spirituality and healing offered by their long-held traditions.”

Listen to the show in its entirety here.

Upcoming for
Kavod v’Nichum

Join us in Baltimore when United Synagogue celebrates its 100th anniversary. The conference features major speakers and interactive workshops October 13-15.

Be sure to visit the Kavod v'Nichum and Gamliel Institute booth in the exhibit hall. Take home some of our free and some of our "for sale" materials.

Kavod v'Nichum will be conducting training for the new Community Chevra Kadisha of Greater Boston during the first week of October. For more information contact Judith Himber.


I am Dr. Christopher Moreman, Chair of the Philosophy Department at California State University, East Bay. My books include Beyond

the Threshold: Afterlife Beliefs and Experiences

in World Religions (2010) and Teaching Death

& Dying (2008).

I am currently conducting a survey of Jewish beliefs in and experiences with death and dying.

If you are Jewish and have 10 minutes to spare,

I invite you to complete the survey found here:

more info

About Kavod v’Nichum

(Honor & Comfort)

Kavod v’Nichum is a non-profit organization that provides information, education, training and advocacy along the continuum from illness and healing through dying, death and bereavement for Chevra Kadisha groups — Jewish volunteers that provide care at the end of life — individuals, synagogues and the North American Jewish community.

Join us at any of the links below: