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Lehrhaus, the Gamliel Institute, Sinai Memorial Chapel, and the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center will address the challenging issues surrounding death and dying this spring. Classes are still to come at Etz Chayim (May 31) on When Life Is Over: Where Is Your Soul?

The sessions are open to all ages because death and grief have no age limits.

Register for topics that are relevant to you.

$10 each session

Making Choices: Advance Directives and Final Wishes
This session will demystify advance planning, ethical wills, and ethical dilemmas: extending life, organ donation, genetic testing, abortion, autopsy, and stem cell usage.

February 6 at Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco
March 6 at Congregation Beth Emek, Pleasanton
April 4 at Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto
April 26 at Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Foster City

Dying/Death/Burial: What Jews Do
Become confident and comfortable with: Vidui (the Jewish way of last words), Jewish laws, customs and traditions about dying, performing taharah (preparing the body), the funeral service, and issues concerning burial and cremation.

February 13 at Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco
March 13 at Congregation Beth Emek, Pleasanton
April 17 at Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto
May 10 at Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Foster City

The Art of Comfort
Judaism provides much needed guidance for family, friends and caregivers when visiting the sick and consoling the bereaved. It helps one know what to say and what not to say.
February 27 at Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco
March 20 at Congregation Beth Emek, Pleasanton
April 24 at Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto
May 17 at Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Foster City

Mourning and Grief: After the Death
We will address Kaddish basics, what the Jewish tradition says about mourning, grief and memory, and how to gather community support. We will create a safe place to share special cases of death such as stillbirth, neonatal, sudden, and traumatic.

March 6 at Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco
March 27 at Congregation Beth Emek, Pleasanton
May 1 at Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto
May 24 at Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Foster City

When Life Is Over: Where Is Your Soul? Jewish Perspectives on the Afterlife
We will survey the diverse range of Jewish conceptions of the soul, the afterlife, resurrection, and reincarnation. We will reflect on big questions at the end of life.

March 13 at Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco
April 3 at Congregation Beth Emek, Pleasanton
May 31 at Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto
May 31 at Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Foster City