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Jewish Death Practices:
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Phases of Death Observance
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Gamliel Day of Learning

Gamliel Day of Learning

The Gamliel Day of Learning is from Tuesday June 5 at 2pm through Wednesday June 6 at noon. All sessions will be at Congregation Beth El, in the same building where the conference takes place. Registration is open to all Gamliel Institute students or by permission of the Dean, Rabbi Stuart Kelman. Click here to register.

There will be two informal sessions and four formal sessions

1.   Tuesday - 2:00 - 3:00 - Informal discussion - Gamliel Institute Future Directions

2.   Tuesday - 3:00 - 4:30 - Dr. Erica Brown - Dying as They Lived: What the Death of Biblical Heroes Tells Us about Living Better -
The power siblings - Moses, Aaron and Miriam - each approached leadership differently. Using a close reading of biblical texts, we will look at the narratives of their deaths and how they mimic their respective lives as a way to think about shaping and crafting more meaningful leadership trajectories.

3.   Tuesday - 4:45 - 6:00 - Dr. Erica Brown - The Hardest Kindness: Leadership and the Mitzva of Tahara
In this facilitated conversation, we will discuss the holiness of preparing the dead for burial and how we can recruit more members of the community to observe this mitzva, while making this sacred task a greater communal priority.

4.   Tuesday - 6:00 - 7:00 - Dinner & de-brief

5.   Tuesday - 7:00 - 8:00 -Dr. Erica Brown (open to the public) - Talking about Aging and Death to Our Parents - the Challenge of the Sandwich Generation
This interactive text study and facilitated conversation will focus on the challenges and joys of caring for our aging parents and making self-care a priority.

6.   Wednesday - 9:00 - noon - Rabbis Aaron Alexander and Lauren Holtzblatt - When Obligations and Prohibitions Conflict: Honoring the Dead, Honoring Shabbat, Honoring Ourselves
Traditional medieval responsa on competing obligations just following the death of a loved one and translating the legal principles derived from the responsa to contemporary cases each of us is likely to face on a regular basis.


Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington