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Walking in the Valley of the Shadow — OMJCC — Session 3: Art of Comfort

The Art of Comfort Judaism provides much needed guidance for family, friends, and caregivers when visiting the sick and consoling the bereaved. This session aims to support caregivers and mourners surrounding topics like sitting shiva, conversational etiquette (what to say and what not to say), and how to comfort the self. 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.
Monday, April 6, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Abra Greenspan

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.