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

Sat, December 31, 2016 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Part of a yearlong series of conversations around the Bay Area about everything everyone (Jews by birth, choice, or by association) needs to know about the Jewish way of life and death.





Mourning & Grief:
After the Death

Taught by Rabbi Natan Fenner

Walking In The Valley of the Shadow – And Not Being Afraid

A Project of The Gamliel Institute, Sinai Memorial Chapel, & Lehrhaus Judaica

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

In this essential session we will address Kaddish basics, what the Jewish tradition says about mourning and grief and memory, and how to gather community support. We will create a safe place to share special cases such as stillbirth and neonatal death; sudden, and traumatic death. We will explore the customs of the first year and talk about “When does grief really end?”



  • Open to all ages because death and grief has no age limit.  Young people as well as older adults lose partners, parents, friends, and family members.
  • Welcoming to individuals from the Former Soviet Union, Israel, Intermarried families, and Jews-By-Choice.  Many in our community are “born there and die here,” and differences in custom and manners can be confusing and frustrating, all the more so in days of grief.
  • Everyone has a place in the conversation, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • The session facilitators are healthcare professionals, rabbis, lawyers, mortuary directors, leaders in the Chevrah Kadisha, and chaplains.  

Six Topics Offered in Six Locations in 2016: The Other Conversation (end of life wishes), The Final Mitzvot (advanced planning), From Dying to Burial (what Jews do), The Art of Comfort, Mourning and Grief (Kaddish and Shivah), and Jewish views of the soul, afterlife, and memory.

You may select any topic in any location in any order.  Choose the topic you need.  You may take any number of topics: one or all six.

To view all topics at all locations around the Bay Area, please click here 

Cost:$10 per class

Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica, and the Aleph Society of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.


Rabbi Natan Fenner, BCC is a board-certified chaplain and has been involved in Jewish healing work since 1992. He has a particular interest in Jewish spirituality and meditation, which he shares through individual counseling, music, Jewish text study, and workshops on blessings and healing. He has provided consultation on spiritual care concerns to numerous professionals and institutions; and he has provided professional support and training to rabbinical students, para-chaplains and other volunteers in the essentials of chaplaincy and visiting the sick. In addition, he coordinates the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center’s Torah Reflections series.

Prior to joining the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, Rabbi Fenner served as the Director of Chaplaincy Services and oversaw religious life for the Philadelphia Geriatric Center. During that time Rabbi Fenner took part in the American Society on Aging’s Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging. Before entering the rabbinate, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago, and as Planning and Allocations Associate for the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco. He also spent two years living in Israel.

Location: Kurland/Gallery

Osher Marin JCC
200 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903