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Date(s) - 05/03/2017
3:00 pm - 6:15 pm


The Joint Alyth / Finchley Reform Synagogues Chevra Kadisha presents “Let’s Talk About Death”

As Benjamin Franklin said, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes!”
Sunday, 5 March 2017, 15:00—18:15
Keynote Speaker: Dr Adrian Tookman, Medical Director, Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead

During an afternoon of workshops and discussion we will explore

– managing uncertainty towards the end of our lives –
– the choices that are available for our final resting place –
– end of life practicalities –
– the customs and practices surrounding death in Judaism –


The Jewish Joint Burial Society – Presented by the Sextons of the JJBS — what does your
annual premium pay for and what are the choices that you, your partner, Jewish and/or non-Jewish

End of Life Options – Paula Plaskow and Sheryl Smith (Jewish Care) will talk about facilitating
difficult conversations with family members; palliative care; and what the choices are at the end of
life with regard to treatment and arrangements

The Work of the Chevra Kadisha – presented by Ruth Soetendorp (founder of the first Reform
Chevra Kadisha in this country) and Rabbi David Soetendorp Every member before burial or
cremation receives a tahara, a ritual cleansing and dressing. Discover the origins of this ritual and
the importance of this custom

Customs Around Death and Bereavement – We will talk about the various customs from
tearing garments at a funeral, covering mirrors and eating eggs and bagels on returning from the
cemetery from a Reform and an Orthodox point of view. Led by Rabbi Josh Levy.

In addition, there will be representatives from other relevant organisations and opportunities to talk to them.

This seminar is open to all who are interested and is free of charge


Alyth – North Western Reform Synagogue, Alyth Gardens, London, NW11 7EN

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