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Course 1 - Chevra Kadisha: Origins and Evolution

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Outline for Course 1 - Chevra Kadisha: Origins and Evolution

Module 1: Introduction to the Chevra Kadisha
1.1 Teaching Death and Mourning - The Individual Experience.
1.2 Teaching Death and Mourning - A Societal Perspective.
1.3 Why is the Gamliel Institute Offering These Courses?
1.4 Who will benefit from this material?
1.5 End Notes
1.6 Assignment: An Introduction to the Chevra Kadisha.
1.7 Torah
1.8 Text Study
1.8.1 Developing the Rosh Text Study
1.8.2 Zinner questions about the teshuva
1.9 Teacher Lesson Plan
Module 2: Chevra Kadisha Sources - Text and Practices
2.1 Biblical Stage (2000-500 BCE)
2.2 Talmudic Interpretation (200 BCE- 500 CE)
2.3 Talmud Texts
2.4 End Notes
2.5 Assignment: Chevra Kadisha Sources - Texts and Practices.
2.6 Teacher Lesson Plan
2.7 Peah Shabbat Sota
2.8 Vezot Habrecha
Module 3: The Evolution of the Chevra Kadisha in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period
3.1 The Period of the Rishonim (earliest of Post-Talmudic rabbis) (1040-1350 CE).
3.2 Jewish Cemeteries (Outside of Israel)
3.3 Additional Commentaries on Death, Burial and Mourning.
3.4 Second Wave of Comprehensive Compilations
3.5 The Chevra Kadisha Emerges (1350-1600)
3.6 European Chevra Kadisha evolves (1600-1800)
3.7 Chevra Kadisha in Various Communities
3.8 End Notes
3.9 Assignment: The Evolution of the Chevra Kadisha in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period.
3.10 Teacher Lesson Plan
Module 4: The Evolution of the Chevra Kadisha in North America - Pre-1960.
4.1 Transition from Europe to North America
4.2 The Chevra Kadisha in North America
4.3 Understanding Kapparah
4.4 End Notes
4.5 Assignment: The Evolution of the Chevra Kadisha in North America - Pre-1960
4.6 Teacher Lesson Plan
Module 5: The Evolution of the Chevra Kadisha in North America - Post 1960
5.1 Laying the Groundwork - the 1960s
5.2 The Secular World
5.3 The New Wave
5.4 Housecleaning?
5.5 Death Education and the Corporates
5.6 Today's World
5.7 End Notes
5.8 Assignment: The Evolution of the Chevra Kadisha in North America - Post-1960
5.9 Teacher Lesson Plan
Module 6: Chevra Kadisha Models in North America - Pre-1975
6.1 Chevra Kadisha in the U.S. and Canada
6.2 Model I - The Landsmanshaft-based Chevra Kadisha.
6.3 Model II - The Facility-based Chevra Kadisha
6.4 Model III - Tahara-only Chevra Kadisha
6.5 End Notes
6.6 Assignment: Chevra Kadisha Models in North America - Pre 1975
6.7 Teacher Lesson Plan
Module 7: Chevra Kadisha Models in North America - Post-1975
7.1 I - The Congregation-based Continuum of Care Model.
7.2 II - Facility-based Model: Acquired Facility
7.3 III - The Community Tahara Model
Type I: Congregation Based
Type II - Facility Based
Type III - Community Based
7.4 End Notes
7.5 Assignment: Chevra Kadisha Models in North America - Post-1975
7.6 Teacher Lesson Plan
Module 8: Back To The Future: Recreating the Role of the Chevra Kadisha in the Continuum of Life Care
8.1 Continuum of Life
8.2 Losing the Larger View
8.3 External Challenges
8.4 Internal Challenges
8.5 The Environmental Scan
8.6 Learning the Stakeholders
8.7 End Notes
8.8 Assignment: Back to the Future - Recreating the Role of the Chevra Kadisha in the Continuum of Life Care
8.9 Teacher Lesson Plan
8.10 Semachot
Module 9: Meit Mitzvah - Local Jewish Communal Involvement
9.1 Ritual Purity and Speedy Burial
9.2 Abandonment and Responsibility
9.3 Meit Mitzvah Readings
9.4 End Notes
9.5 Assignment: Meit Mitzvah - Local Jewish Communal Involvement
Module 10: The Chevra Kadisha in the Larger (Non-Jewish) Community
10.1 Before the Met/a Reaches the Funeral Home - Autopsy
About Autopsy
Medical Examiners
Jewish Views on Autopsy
10.2 Organ and Tissue Donation
10.3 The Chevra Kadisha and the Funeral Home
10.4 The Chevra Kadisha and Transportation
Israel Burial Services
Shipping
Israel Cemeteries
Israel Cemetery Issues
Alternatives
10.5 The Chevra Kadisha and the Cemetery
10.6 End Notes
10.7 Assignment: The Chevra Kadisha in the Larger (Non-Jewish) Community
10.8 Teacher Lesson Plan
Module 11: The Chevra Kadisha and Disasters
11.1 Challenges and Disaster Responsa
11.2 Past Disasters and Disaster Preparedness Planning
* Past Disasters
* Disaster Preparedness Planning
11.3 End Notes
11.4 Assignment: The Chevra Kadisha and Disasters
11.5 Teacher Lesson Plan
Module 12: Chevra Kadisha and the Larger World
12.1 Learning
12.2 Teaching
12.3 Changing
12.4 End Notes
12.5 Assignment: Chevra Kadisha and the Larger World
12.6 Teacher Lesson Plan
Module 13 Chevra Kadisha: Future Challenges, Future Opportunities
13.1 The Future
13.2 More Distant Future
13.3 End Notes
13.4 Teacher Lesson Plan
13.5 Assignment - Evaluation