Walking in the Valley of the Shadow ... and Not Being Afraid | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Walking in the Valley of the Shadow ... and Not Being Afraid

Mon, April 6, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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.

  • Do I have to belong to a synagogue to be buried in a Jewish cemetery?
  • Can my non-Jewish spouse be buried next to me?
  • How does tahara apply to trans people?
  • What if I can’t afford a burial?
  • Is it okay for Jews to be cremated?
  • If I have tattoos, can I have a Jewish burial?
  • What do I say to someone in mourning?
  • What is the etiquette surrounding shiva?

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.



Federation Boardroom

Sessions are $10 each.

- Session 2: Dying, Death, Burial

4/6 - Session 3: The Art of Comfort - PLEASE check to see if this session will be held on April 6. 

5/4 - Session 4: The Other Conversation

6/1 - Session 5: Mourning and Grief

6/8 - Session 6: When Life Is Over