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Taste of Gamliel


This program was presented over a three-year period in synagogues and community centers throughout the Bay Area in northern California. The staff of the Gamliel Institute decided to present it through our Taste of Gamliel Program. The program consists of five separate but related sessions. Here is a brief summary of each.

Getting Prepared:

Talking with your children/spouse/partner about end of life wishes; Funeral Planning; Choosing a cemetery and picking a plot; Interfaith families; And much more

Dying/Death/Burial: What Jews Do

The many faces of vidui; Dying and Jewish Law; Performing tahara; Shmira: why are we still doing this? The funeral; Cremation; And much more

The Art of Comfort

Visiting the sick: Jewish wisdom on visiting the sick; Who are the mourners? Consoling the mourners; The gift of Shiva.; Making a Shiva call; And much more

Mourning and Grief: After the Death

Why Shloshim? Kaddish basics; Customs of the first year; When does grief end? And much more

Your Life is Over: Where is Your Soul?

What is the soul? Do I fear death? The what's and why's of resurrection; Have I lived a good life? And much more


We hope you will join us for the entire program.

This program was made possible by a generous grant from The Nutik Zitter Family Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay.

It is time to register now!

The first in the series is on January 27th, 2019 (Sunday) 5 pm PST/8 pm ESTONLINE using the ZOOM platform

$36 for the entire 2019 series of 5 sessions - 1/27, 2/10, 3/10, 4/28 and 5/19


Taste sessions are done in a webinar format, where the teacher and participants can see each others' live video feeds. The sessions are moderated, we mute participants, ask them to raise their virtual hands with questions, and call on and unmute participants when appropriate. There is time for questions and discussions at the end of each program. 

Learn from the comfort of your home or office. We use a computer accessed Zoom platform with phone-in options available. It is interactive, and each session is recorded, with access provided to registrants. We've been teaching using this model for eight years (more than 300 classes). 

Registration for Taste of Gamliel is mandatory to access the sessions. The sessions are free, but there is a suggested minimum donation of $36 for the entire series. 

Those registered will be sent the information on how to connect to the sessions. To register, click here: register

Make a donation to support the course.

2017's topic was From Here to Eternity: Jewish Views on Sickness and Dying and 2016 was Jewish beliefs about the Afterlife.

A Taste of Gamliel is an educational program sponsored by the Gamliel Institute of Kavod v'Nichum. Taste of Gamliel gives participants a "Taste" of the Gamliel Institute's web-based leadership training through five on-line courses, each 12 weeks in length, that deal with the various aspects of Jewish ritual around sickness, death, funerals, burial and mourning. Participants come from all over the United States and Canada. More information about the Gamliel Institute can be found at our website - 

Our 2018 series, Your're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone: Jewish Practices of Remembrance, featured Rabbi Stuart Kelman, Rabbi SaraLaya Schley, Maharat Victoria Sutton, and Rabbi Yonatan Cohen, among others. They discussed topics such as Customs on Visiting the Grave, Understanding the Mourners Kaddish, an Alternative Yizkor Service, Disenfranchised Grief, and more relating to remembrance. 

Suggestions for future topics are welcome.

More info - Call us at 410-733-3700  

Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington