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Walking in the Valley of the Shadow — JCCSF — Session 3: Making Choices

Making Choices: Advance Directives and Final Wishes This session will demystify advance ethical wills, planning, and ethical dilemmas such as extending life, organ donation, genetic testing, abortion, autopsy, stem cell usage, and the differences between a DNR and a POLST. This course also has a practical aspect where actual forms will be examined and explained. HAMAQOM | The Place (formerly Lehrhaus Judaica), the Gamliel Institute, Sinai Memorial Chapel, and the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center present “Walking in the Valley of the Shadow … and Not Being Afraid,” a series of discussions about the challenging issues surrounding death and dying. Sessions focus on advance directives and final wishes; Jewish laws, customs, and traditions concerning the body and burial; the art of comforting the sick and the bereaved; mourning and grieving; and Jewish perspectives on the afterlife.    This will be an inclusive environment where people of all ages, sexualities, gender identities, nationalities, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds are invited to join the conversation. We also encourage individuals from the former Soviet Union, Israel, intermarried families, and Jews by choice to attend. Many in our community are “born there and die here,” and differences in customs and manners can be confusing and frustrating, all the more so during times of grief.   Participants can register for any class at any location, and can pick and choose any number of sessions. Sessions are $10 each and do not have to be taken in order. Registration is open until the day before the session.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Edna J. Stewart
JCCSF, 3200 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States

As a nonprofit, HAMAQOM | The Place relies on tuition to help cover the direct cost of our course offerings. We offer a tiered pricing structure to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation. Please evaluate your own ability to pay, and select the option that makes it possible for you to participate. To inquire about pricing or scholarships, please email us at info@hmqm.org.