Rabbi Richard Address, founder of JewishSacredAging.com, has been named academic dean of the Gamliel Institute, a center for study, training, and advocacy concerning Jewish end-of-life practices. The Institute is a project of Kavod v’Nichum (Honor and Comfort), a North American organization that provides assistance, training, and resources about Jewish death and bereavement practice for Chevrah Kadisha groups and bereavement committees in synagogues and communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The centerpiece of the Institute is a certification program employing a variety of distance-learning and on-site practicum formats. Students meet each year at the annual Kavod v’Nichum Conference (usually in the early summer) for a Gamliel Institute Day of Learning, an in-person training and networking opportunity. Students are expected to participate in local training opportunities as well as other relevant national conferences. Our core courses focus on five major areas: Chevrah Kadisha history, taharah and shmira, education and training strategies, nechamah, and ritual and liturgy. In addition to these there is a student project course that enables students to apply their learning.
The JewishSacredAging.com website will provide Gamliel Institute resources through a new category listing. You can find all these resources at https://jewishsacredaging.com/category/res/gamliel-institute-kavod-vnichum/
More information on the Gamliel Institute and Kavod v’Nichum is available at https://www.jewish-funerals.org/.