RADICAL AMAZEMENT AND SUBVERSIVE PRAYER ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL'S POEMS FROM HEAVEN AND AUDACIOUS PROPHECY ON EARTH
Finding Spiritual Uplift in Building a Caring Community: Scholar-in-Residence David Zinner
Bnai Keshet 2013 scholar-in-residence David Zinner, founder, president and executive director of Kavod v’Nichum, (honor and comfort), a 13-year-old nonprofit center for Chevra Kadisha organizing, educating and training, leads community chevra training sessions, December 6-8. Congregants from Montclair-area synagogues and the unaffiliated are invited to attend.
Zinner plans to present a mix of sessions, starting Friday night with a history of the modern Chevra Kadisha movement among Jewish communities seeking to reclaim centuries-old traditions that once were central to Jewish communal life. Saturday he examines the textual basis for Jewish death and burial practices in Torah and Talmud; and Sunday he conducts training sessions that include a live demonstration of tahara, the ritual washing, cleaning and dressing of the deceased for burial. Zinner's assistant both days will be Eva Sax-Bolder, a rabbinic student and Chevra Kadisha member in New York.
In his role as executive director of Kavod v'Nichum's non-denominational Gamliel Institute, Zinner co-teaches courses on Chevra Kadisha history and organizing, tahara and shmira – round-the-clock sitting with the deceased from death until burial – and building capacities in Jewish communities that enable all participants to meaningfully navigate these final life cycle events. Kavod v’Nichum is the only non-Orthodox organization of its kind for Chevra Kadisha groups in North America.
Hanukkah Spot - A Pop-Up Miracle!
Beginning on the 1st night of Hanukkah, Wednesday 11/27
Hinck Building atrium, right outside the Bow Tie Clairidge theater at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair Click to view or download full-size schedule